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AGO Extends King Tut’s Reign

Hot ticket exhibition held over through May 2; additional weekend timeslots added.

(TORONTO - April 6, 2010) The Art Gallery of Ontario will extend its blockbuster exhibition King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs for two additional weeks through May 2 due to high demand for tickets. To date, the Gallery has sold over 300,000 tickets to the exhibition, currently making its only Canadian stop at the AGO.

The exhibition is already the Gallery's most attended in over a decade, and AGO Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO Matthew Teitelbaum is thrilled with its success. "It continues to be a privilege to host these incredible treasures as they make their final journey around the world," he says. "The response to this exhibition has been remarkable, and we're glad to give people one final chance to view these extraordinary wonders."

The best times for the most leisurely visits to the exhibition are weekdays or Wednesday evenings, when the Gallery stays open until 8:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $28.50 on weekdays, a $4.00 discount on weekend prices. Visitors who plan to view the exhibition on a weekend are encouraged to book in advance via http://www.kingtut.ca/ or by visiting the Gallery box office in person, due to high demand.

To accommodate weekend visitors, the Gallery has extended the exhibition's hours on Friday and Saturday evenings. Visitors will now be able to purchase tickets for entry at 4:30 pm, 5:00 pm, and 5:30 pm. The King Tut galleries will remain open to 7:00 pm.

King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs has drawn thousands of new visitors to the AGO. Gallery exit surveys indicate that over 70 percent of visitors to King Tut have never been to the new AGO, and Gallery memberships are at an all-time high. Members receive free and discounted tickets to the exhibition, among other benefits. More information about membership can be found at www.ago.net/general-membership.

King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs must close on May 2 to make room for Drama and Desire: Artists and the Theatre, the Gallery's major summer exhibition, which opens June 19. More information on Drama and Desire can be found at www.ago.net/drama-and-desire.

King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs is part of an ambitious spring exhibition season at the AGO, which focuses on contemporary art on the leading edge. Also on view: Wangechi Mutu: This You Call Civilization?; and Sculpture as Time: Major Works. New Acquisitions.; Anselm Kiefer: Palmsonntag; Rembrandt / Freud: Etchings from Life; and Françoise Sullivan: Inner Force - Winner of the 2008 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO.

King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs is organized by the National Geographic Society, Arts and Exhibitions International and AEG Exhibitions with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. Northern Trust is a proud cultural partner and American Airlines is the official airline of the exhibition. Additional financial support is provided by the Government of Ontario.

The AGO is very grateful for the support of our partners. Promotional partners are: Chapters Indigo; Jackson-Triggs; Loblaws; Starwood Hotels: Le Meridien King Edward, The Sheraton Centre and The Westin Harbour Castle - official hotel sponsors; Tourism Toronto; Pizza Pizza; Via Rail; YMCA; Egyptian Tourism Authority and the TTC. Media Partners are CTV and the Globe and Mail. Government Partners are the Province of Ontario and the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership. Other hotel partners: Delta Chelsea; The Fairmont Royal York; InterContinental Toronto Centre; and The Hilton Toronto.
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ABOUT THE AGO

With a permanent collection of more than 79,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. In 2008, with a stunning new design by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the AGO opened its doors to the public amid international acclaim. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase made of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block along the Gallery's façade; and the feature staircase, spiralling up through the roof of Walker Court and into the new contemporary galleries above. From the extensive Group of Seven collection to the dramatic new African art gallery; from David Altmejd's monumental installation The Index to Peter Paul Rubens' masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, a highlight of the celebrated Thomson Collection, there is truly something for everyone at the AGO.

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For more images and more information contact:

Sean O'Neill, 416-979-6660 ext. 403, sean_oneill@ago.net

Antonietta Mirabelli, 416-979-6660 ext. 454, antonietta_mirabelli@ago.net

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Culture. Additional operating support is received from the Volunteers of the AGO, the City of Toronto, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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