Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
History and museums
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the provincial art gallery for the province of Nova Scotia. It is located in the central downtown region of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada with a branch gallery in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada.
The gallery was founded in 1908 as the Nova Scotia Museum of Fine Arts. It was renamed in 1975 as the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. In 1988 the gallery moved to the historic Dominion Building, built in 1865, designed by architects David Stirling and William Hay. The gallery expanded in 1998 to include several floors of the Provincial Building located just to the south of Dominion Building. The two structures are separated by Ondaatje Court, a public space that besides being used for temporary exhibitions, contains several large permanent sculptures. Underneath the courtyard is a large underground exhibition room which connects the two buildings.
The gallery has over 15 000 works of art in its varied collection, ranging from classical portraits to Nova Scotian folk art to Inuit stone carvings.
In June 2013, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia acquired a collection of works by photographer Annie Leibovitz, including an iconic image of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The collection was given to the gallery by the Al and Faye Mintz family of Toronto.