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AGO draws gems from its modern and contemporary collection this winter for five new exhibitions

This winter, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) celebrates its superb collection of modern and contemporary art with five special exhibitions.

#AGO1st returns Feb. 4 to celebrate Song Dong’s Communal Courtyard

Toronto’s biggest monthly art party makes its 2016 debut on Feb. 4, 2016 with an exciting line-up of music, performances, talks, food, drinks and art making.

Art Gallery of Ontario celebrates its first Hammershøi painting with exhibition from the National Gallery of Denmark

A rare painting by one of Denmark’s most renowned artists, Vilhelm Hammershøi (b.1864), has been acquired by the Art Gallery of Ontario, marking the first time a work by the Danish master has entered a public collection in Canada.

AGO partners with The National Ballet of Canada, Roy Thomson Hall and Steve Martin to celebrate legacy of Lawren Harris this summer

Curated by comedian, musician, actor and writer Steve Martin along with Andrew Hunter, the AGO’s Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art, and Cynthia Burlingham, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris will open at the AGO on Canada Day, July 1, 2016.

AGO brings rare masterpieces from Monet, van Gogh, Gauguin and more to Toronto this fall

This major exhibition, which features close to 90 extraordinary paintings and 20 works on paper, debuts on Oct. 22, 2016 and runs to Jan. 29, 2017, before opening at the Musée d’Orsay in the spring of 2017.

OCAD U takes over March #AGO1st with hip hop and art history from the 6ix

An annual tradition, the OCAD U guest-curated #AGO1st is one of the year’s most anticipated installments of the popular art party series, and this year’s Criticism and Curatorial Practice students don’t disappoint with a hotline of emerging and established artists reflecting on Toronto’s artistic past, present and future.

Art Gallery of Ontario partners with Tate Modern to present Georgia O’Keeffe retrospective in summer 2017

Organized by Tate Modern in collaboration with the AGO and the Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna, exhibition will make its only North American stop in Toronto in the summer of 2017.

Tickets to the Art Gallery of Ontario’s major exhibition of photography and film go on sale March 4, 2016

More than 300 photographs and 5 films featured in this major exhibition present unforgettable portraits of individuals both at odds with and united across four turbulent decades, including musicians, protestors, cross-dressers, bike gangs, politicians, the working poor, and socialites

March Break at the AGO offers nine days of fun for the entire family, free with the price of general admission

March Break activities are free with general admission, and visitors can save $10 off the cost of a family pass when they purchase tickets online in advance at AGO members always receive free admission.

AGO presents first major Canadian solo exhibition by Thomas Ruff as part of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Opening in Toronto on April 28, 2016, Thomas Ruff: Object Relations is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario and presented in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

AGO, in partnership with the Met and Rijksmuseum, delves into the mysteries of making extraordinary miniature works of art from the early 1500s

Debuting in Toronto on Nov. 5, 2016, Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures, for the first time brings together more than 60 rare boxwood carvings from institutions and private collections across Europe and North America.

AGO to present first museum retrospective of famed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro in September 2017

Organized by the AGO in partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters makes its Canadian debut at the AGO on Sept. 30, 2017 and runs to Jan. 7, 2018.

AGO, Massey Hall, CBC and The Banff Centre join forces to launch provocative live event series

Creative Minds kicks off on Sept. 20, 2016 at 8 p.m. with an evening of unscripted dialogue on the topic of Art and Social Justice, featuring André Alexis, Rebecca Belmore, Deepa Mehta and Buffy Sainte-Marie

Tickets for The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris go on sale June 17

Curated by comedian, musician, actor and writer Steve Martin with Andrew Hunter, the AGO’s Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art, and Cynthia Burlingham, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris opens at the AGO on Canada Day: July 1, 2016. Tickets go on sale June 17, 2016.

AGO concludes 2015/2016 fiscal year with solid attendance, remarkable collection growth and a healthy operating position

The Gallery’s fiscal year—which ran from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016—brought to Toronto stunning exhibitions that profiled masterpieces by renowned British artist J.M.W. Turner and celebrated Canadian artist Emily Carr.

AGO exhibition by Theaster Gates reimagines the house museum as a visionary site for Black freedom

Theaster Gates: How to Build a House Museum opens in Toronto on July 21, 2016 and runs til Oct. 30, 2016, filling the entire fifth floor of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower.

Beat the heat with The Idea of North at the AGO this summer

To celebrate this blockbuster summer exhibition, the Gallery is presenting an immersive series of events as well as two special holiday openings on Civic Holiday (Aug. 1, 2016) and Labour Day (Sept. 5, 2016) from 10.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. To book timed-entry tickets and for more information about the exhibition and summer programming at the AGO, visit

AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize Announces 2016 Shortlist

Four outstanding international artists have been shortlisted for the 2016 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, Canada’s most significant award for photography.

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