A popular piece currently featured in the Caught in the Act exhibit at the National Gallery of Canada will now call Ottawa home.

Yesterday, the National Gallery of Canada Foundation announced the acquisition of Theatre of Cruelty, an art installation by internationally renowned Vancouver artist Geoffrey Farmer.

"This ambitious work strengthens our collection of installations," said NGC director Marc Mayer.

The work has been acquired through the NGC Foundation's Audain Endowment for Contemporary Canadian Art. The gallery does not disclose the purchasing price of its pieces.

"This is a perfect example of how endowment funds allow us to augment and enrich the NGC Collections," said Marie Claire Morin, NGC Foundation president and CEO.

Theatre of Cruelty combines Farmer's interest in politics, social history and psychology, the gallery said.

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