Toronto Landmarks: Art Gallery of Ontario

The Art Gallery of Ontario is the 10th largest art gallery of its kind in all of North America. It features art by famous international artists like Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh and Andy Warhol as well as famous Canadian artists like Tom Thomson.

The Art Gallery of Ontario (or AGO) was established over 100 years ago in 1900 as the Art Museum of Toronto, officially becoming the AGO in 1966. Currently, it holds over 68,000 works and includes artwork from as long ago as the first century.

This summer, the AGO will be holding a selection of different and exciting exhibits. It’s not your average stuffy art gallery, and instead features things that can entice nearly everyone. The facility also has four cafes and restaurants along with a banquet hall suitable for any event.

This summer, see:

Contact 2010 (until August 1st): The world’s largest photography festival plays out not only at art galleries but billboards, sidewalks, walls and bus stops throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Catch American Photographer Barbara Kruger’s graphic photographic artwork along the front facade of the AGO building.

American Prints of the Great Depression (Until June 27): From the stock market crash that started it all to throughout the 1930s, see how the American government chose to use art as a starting point to help stimulate the economy by hiring artists to capture the ideal America and inspire the rest of the country.

Playing with Pictures – The Art of Victorian Photocollage (June 5 to September 5): They’re strange, intriguing and very little-known – Victorian paintings and photographs mashed together to create vibrant and colourful social commentary on the times.


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