Although it does hold some notable works by American and European artists, the National Gallery of Canada’s main focus is Canadian art. Its contemporary art collection even includes some pieces from Andy Warhol. The Canadian collection, which is the nation’s most compressive, includes artwork by Emily Carr, Louis-Philippe Hébert, Alex Colville, Tom Thomson and Jack Bush. The gallery is recognised today for the spider sculpture outside, which is titled Maman and was created by Louise Bourgeois.
National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON, Canada, +1 613 990 1985
Devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art from Canada and the world, The Power Plant is one of Canada’s leading public art galleries. Its Commissioning Program is “an ambitious ongoing program to develop and premier major new works by the most exciting Canadian and international artists at work today”. An interesting upcoming exhibition from October to December 2017 is Urban Now: City Life in Congo. It’s by Sammy Baloji and Filip De Boeck and features both photography and video.