Kipnes Lantern

The Kipnes Lantern is the signature feature of the National Arts Centre’s architectural rejuvenation. Rising dramatically above the NAC’s new front entrance, the five story glass tower incorporates cutting-edge transparent LED screens to display stunning images of Canada’s leading artists and productions.

Recent projects

  • Genetikos II

    In June and August 2023, Richard Heikkilä-Sawan’s artwork, Genetikos II, was featured on the Kipnes Lantern to celebrate National Indigenous History Month and Pride.  Richard Heikkilä-Sawan is a Two-Spirit...

  • Black History Month: Onah

    In February 2023, Jimmy Baptiste’s stunning Afrofuturist artwork Onah was featured on the Kipnes Lantern. The Haitian-Canadian artist’s work was specially commissioned by the NAC for...

  • VideoVirus

    AA Bronson is a Canadian artist and member of General Idea, a collaboration with Felix Partz (1945-1994) and Jorge Zontal (1944-1994) that produced influential work...

The Kipnes Family

The Kipnes Family

Programming on the Kipnes Lantern is made possible thanks to a transformational gift of $5 million from Dr. Dianne Kipnes and Mr. Irving Kipnes of Edmonton. Dr. Kipnes completed nine years of service as a Director of the NAC Foundation in early 2017. She and her husband are leading philanthropists and have made generous gifts to the arts, health care, education and social services over many years.