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Gatineau, Quebec, September 22, 2012 –
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to launch its travelling exhibition Double Take: Portraits of Intriguing Canadians at the McMichael Canadian Art Centre in Kleinburg, Ontario.
Double Take: Portraits of Intriguing Canadians showcases the richness of LAC’s national portrait collection. The exhibition includes 100 portraits, offering visitors a behind-the-scenes look at more than 50 fascinating people who have left their mark on this country and its history.
The works span four centuries, including early explorers Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain and more contemporary icons such as David Suzuki and Joni Mitchell, using a variety of media: paintings, photographs, cartoons, drawings, video and sculpture.
“Double Take is an excellent example of LAC’s commitment to making the country’s heritage and history accessible to all Canadians—regardless of where they live,” said Daniel J. Caron, Deputy Head and Librarian and Archivist of Canada.
Double Take invites visitors to encounter a range of people who have helped shape Canada, to explore their stories, and to discover something new and unexpected about them.
Double Take runs from 22 September 2012 to 23 February 2013at the McMichael Canadian Art Centre in Kleinburg, Ontario. It will then travel across Canada through 2014. The travelling exhibition opened at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Canada's National Memorial to the Fathers of Confederation—Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on March 31, 2012.
A virtual exhibition of these works is available on LAC’s website. To learn more about Double Take: Portraits of Intriguing Canadians visit: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/portrait-portal
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