"The bronze spider statue called Maman, it is the last of six spiders cast by renowned Franco-American artist Louise Bourgeois as a tribute to her mother. The statue carries 26 white marble eggs in its underbelly. It was created in 1999 and cast in 2003. Bourgeois was born in France in 1911 and has been working as an artist for nearly 70 years. She immigrated to the United States in 1938"
The gallery is filled with a varied collection of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographs, mostly Canadian, but has some from American and European artists. Now the museums building is just gorgeous with its shape and glass.
I was very puzzled why Canada would have Hitler's car! So, again I had to do some research to find out:
"Captured as war booty by the US Army in 1945, this Mercedes Grosse 770 was one of six armored limousines used by Adolf Hitler, making it one of the most popular exhibits at the Canadian War Museum (CWM) in Ottawa. Originally thought to be one of Herman Goring's staff cars, subsequent research revealed that Mercedes had delivered this vehicle to Hitler's personal staff in 1940. Interestingly, when a researcher from the CWM contacted Mercedes in 1970, the company did not reply to requests for information about the car. "I have noticed a reluctance in many Germans to admit they were around at all during the Second World War, and have a feeling that the same is true of this company", he wrote. The CWM had to get the Canadian Ambassador to Germany to make a formal request before Mercedes would cooperate. The US Army took possession of the car, and later shipped it back stateside to the Aberdeen Proving Ground, where it sat in a warehouse for 9 years, eventually to be sold at government auction to an American collector, who later sold it to a businessman from Quebec, who in turn donated it to the Canadian War Museum (for a healthy tax write off) in 1970. It is unknown if Sergeant Azara was rewarded for his efforts - if not, at least he had a great war story to tell"
Please know I'm not trying to glorify this car on exhibit, I was just shocked that it would be here in this museum. That's enough of that.
Well, if you'd stayed with me this long I know you're tired of museuming and need a little bit of rest! I'm almost finished with this trip and until tomorrow...