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Vincent Van Gogh exhibit heading to National Gallery of Canada in summer 2012

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OTTAWA - A major exhibit of works by Vincent van Gogh is headed to the National Gallery of Canada next year.

The gallery is touting "Van Gogh: Up Close" as the first major Canadian exhibit of works by the famous Dutch artist in more than 25 years.

It says the collection will feature roughly 45 paintings from private and public collections around the world, and include pieces that are rarely, if ever, shown.

The paintings trace Van Gogh's work from 1886 to the end of his career in 1890, and focus on how he experimented with depth of field and focus.

The gallery says Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, as well as Governor General David Johnston, will visit the exhibit.

"Van Gogh: Up Close," organized in partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is slated to run May 25 to Sept. 3, 2012.

"This project will give us fresh insight into Van Gogh's thinking and places him in a new and unexpected light," gallery director Marc Mayer said Wednesday in a release.

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On the web: http://www.gallery.ca/vangogh

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