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Installation Art: From the Transit Bar

Vera Frenkel's installation, From the Transit Bar, is on at the National Gallery of Canada until Aug. 17. (Photo: National Gallery of Canada)

Vera Frenkel’s installation, From the Transit Bar, is on at the National Gallery of Canada until Aug. 17. (Photo: National Gallery of Canada)

A bar in an art gallery? A great idea, right! This summer, the National Gallery of Canada fulfills every art aficionado’s dream by presenting exactly that—sort of. The bar is not only a fully functioning one (yes, you can order a vodka martini), but it’s also part of a brilliant piece of contemporary art. Canadian artist Vera Frenkel’s bar is part of …From the Transit Bar, a primarily video-based art installation, which was first shown in Germany in 1992. Painstakingly reassembled, the exhibit presents a place where visitors meet and converse in transit and, importantly, it conjures themes associated with such places as exile, cultural migration, and translation. On display until Aug. 17.
•National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr., 613-990-1985, gallery.ca

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