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The Art Gallery of Ontario Blog

Last Build Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:25:05 +0000


Hooray for volunteers!

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:55:50 +0000

At the AGO, we work with many wonderful, hardworking volunteers who are dedicated to engaging our visitors in all aspects of our museum. The Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives, located on the south side of the building on the Lower Level (Concourse), relies heavily on volunteers. A centre for art history research, the library […]


Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:08:40 +0000

In 2002, the AGO held the first ever large-scale multimedia retrospective of Yoko Ono’s work to be mounted in North America, Y E S YOKO ONO. Once again, Torontonians are clamouring to see this artist’s work. On view at the Gardiner Museum now until June 3, YOKO ONO: THE RIVERBED is a series of three […]

Welcome back The West Wind

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:38:54 +0000

Since last September, Tom Thomson’s The West Wind had been on loan to the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound. Luckily for AGO visitors, the painting recently returned to the Gallery’s walls and now hangs in the newly reinstalled Fudger Rotunda on Level 1 of the AGO. Thomson’s painting was experimental for its time, with the shape of […]

Cheers to infinity

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:27:35 +0000

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors invites visitors to imagine what infinity looks like. The AGO Bistro’s bartender and mixologist Stephen Gaessler wants you to try and taste it. It’s why Gaessler has created a menu of Kusama-themed cocktails for art-goers looking to extend the experience. Stephen has been making art-themed cocktails since the fall of 2016, […]

A gift of compassion

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:14:17 +0000

An advocate for women, Käthe Kollwitz was a leading and beloved 20th century German artist renowned for her etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, sculptures and drawings. Among her preferred themes were motherhood, sacrifice, separation, oppression and death. In 2015, Dr. Brian McCrindle, a cardiologist and researcher at The Hospital for Sick Children, also known as SickKids, made an extraordinary donation […]

Like a prayer bead

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 22:55:15 +0000

Different pieces come into the AGO Collection in different ways and often with astonishing stories. We sat down with AGO curator Sasha Suda and conservator Lisa Ellis, who together curated the popular AGO exhibition Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures, to hear about how our latest treasure – a miniature prayer bead – came to the […]

From visitor to curator

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 21:27:22 +0000

For the newest member of the Department of Indigenous and Canadian Art, visiting the Gallery has been a lifelong activity. Raised in Brampton, Renée van der Avoird has been coming to the AGO since she was a child, racing up the stairs to see Claes Oldenburg’s Floor Burger. In 2012, she spent the summer as […]

12,000 km for Kusama

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 15:17:28 +0000

Incredible artists can inspire art lovers to travel great distances to see their work. Yayoi Kusama is definitely one of these artists. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors has drawn visitors from the city, the province, the United States… and even Hong Kong! Globe-trotting art lover Felicia Shiu was born in Canada and raised in Montreal and […]

Made you look

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 14:54:29 +0000

Art collective Studio F Minus gets an A+ when it comes to whimsical, interactive public art installations. And one of their renowned works is coming to this year’s annual AGO Massive, Massive Illusion. AGO Massive, Toronto’s annual contemporary art party, raises important funds to strengthen our collections and exhibitions, grow our audiences, improve access to […]

Filling in the blank

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 14:54:21 +0000

It feels like it just arrived in Toronto, but Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors has now been open to the public for over a month. And every person who has come through the exhibition has left their mark in The Obliteration Room. Kusama is known for her obsession with dots. Conceived by the artist, The Obliteration […]