Be amazed by Inuit sculpture at National Gallery
Ottawa, Canada - March 22, 2005
Be amazed by Inuit sculpture at National Gallery
Unique collection from TD Bank to tour Canada; bank donates $125,000 to Gallery
The National Gallery of Canada has teamed up with one of the country’s largest financial institutions to present an exhibition of exceptional art from Canada’s North. ItuKiagâtta! Inuit Sculpture from the Collection of the TD Bank Financial Group is on display at the Gallery from 23 March until 5 June 2005.
ItuKiagâtta!, an expression that means “How it amazes us!” in the Labrador Inuktitut dialect, features 91 of the finest stone, bone and ivory sculptures from TD Bank Financial Group’s (TDBFG) Inuit Art Collection, representing an early, vital period in the development of Inuit art. After its opening in Ottawa, a smaller version of the show, featuring about 50 works, will tour other cities across Canada, including Winnipeg, Halifax, Edmonton, Victoria and Montreal.
“The National Gallery of Canada, which is marking its 125th anniversary this year, is pleased to join TDBFG in commemorating its 150th anniversary with this important cultural initiative,” says Pierre Théberge, Director of the National Gallery. “ItuKiagâtta! celebrates a truly Canadian art form that has helped shape our national identity.”
In addition to sponsoring ItuKiagâtta!, TDBFG presented the National Gallery of Canada Foundation with a $125,000 donation today to enhance the Gallery’s student intern program and to acquire a new work of Inuit art. The gift will allow the Gallery to increase the number of internships it offers to eligible students and graduates every year.
“We are grateful to TD for their generous gift,” says Marie Claire Morin, President and CEO of the National Gallery Foundation. “By offering additional study and training opportunities and work experience, the National Gallery’s student intern program will ensure that valuable knowledge and skills are shared with the next generation of Canadian art experts.”
“As we celebrate our 150th anniversary, TD is pleased to share this unique collection of Canada’s history and culture. Through the public display of ItuKiagâtta!, we hope to play a role in raising awareness of Inuit art among Canadians and visitors from around the world,” says Rob MacLellan, Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer. “Art Collections like ItuKiagâtta! require training and experience to manage and we are pleased to support the Gallery’s Internship program which trains students in the important work of managing and preserving art collections.”
TDBFG already sponsors four paid positions that offer study and training opportunities in the fields of Art Museum Education, Museum Collections Management, Art Librarianship and Library Preservation Technology.
The Bank began assembling its Inuit Art Collection to mark Canada’s Centennial in 1967. The original collection contained sculptures, prints, drawings and ceramics by artists from across the Canadian Arctic, with an emphasis on the period between World War II and 1967. The collection now includes 610 works.
About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada, celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, is the country's finest art museum, and home to the world's largest collection of Canadian art. Art comes to life in the Gallery spacious galleries, interior gardens, quiet courtyards and the beautifully restored Rideau Chapel. The magnificent building, located in the heart of Ottawa, offers panoramic views of the Ottawa River and Parliament Hill. The National Gallery’s mandate, as set out in the 1990 Museums Act, is to hold its collections of art in trust for all Canadians. It develops, maintains and makes known, throughout Canada and internationally, a collection of works of art with special but not exclusive reference to Canada, and furthers the knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of art among all Canadians. The National Gallery of Canada earned the No. 2 spot on the Canadian Special Events and Meeting Expo’s list of the top 100 event venues in Canada in 2004.
About TD Bank Financial Group
Marking 150 years of service to Canadians in 2005, The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Financial Group. TD Bank Financial Group serves more than 14 million customers in four key businesses operating in a number of locations in key financial centres around the globe: Personal and Commercial Banking including TD Canada Trust; Wealth Management including the global operations of TD Waterhouse; Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities; and U.S. Retail and Commercial Banking through TD Banknorth. TD Bank Financial Group also ranks among the world’s leading on-line financial services firms, with more than 4.5 million on-line customers. TD Bank Financial Group had CDN$333 billion in assets, as of January 31, 2005. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges under the symbol “TD”.
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