Wanda Koop Exhibition Big Hit at the National Gallery of Canada

Authored by: Mary Reid on March 2, 2011

I’m still flying high…. On Wednesday February 17, 2011 the exhibition Wanda Koop: On the edge of experience opened at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. What a career highlight! After working four years on a project it was an incredible thrill to see it mounted at both the WAG and the NGC. The exhibition looked terrific and the NGC staff did an amazing job. The evening begun with speeches in the Great Hall by NGC Director Marc Mayer and WAG Director Stephen Borys. Wanda Koop gave a touching account of being a child attending art classes at the WAG and dedicated the exhibition to her 91-year old mother. We all then moved into the gallery space where a special treat was waiting. Choerographer Jolene Bailie and her dancers performed the live dance component to Hybrid Human within the exhibition space. The rest of the evening was full of kind words from friends and colleagues, many who came in especially from Winnipeg, London, Toronto, and Montreal. People also spent a fair bit of time pouring over the marvelous bits and pieces of Wanda’s creative practice laid out in the “studio room.” It was an experience that will stay with me for a lifetime.


Wanda Koop @ NGC. photo credit: Mary Reid

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