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AGO Extends Weekend Hours to give Visitors Last Chance to Spend Time With Frida & Diego

 


TORONTO—Only two weeks remain to see Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics & Painting in Toronto at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) before it wraps up its only Canadian appearance on Jan. 20, 2013.

Hailed as a “must-see” by the Toronto Star and “dazzling” by NOW Magazine, the popular exhibition’s hours are being extended to offer AGO members and visitors greater access in its last two weekends. Normally closed at 5 p.m., the exhibition will remain open until 7 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 12 and Jan. 19, 2013 and until 6 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 13 and Jan. 20, 2013. These extended hours apply only to Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics & Painting and not to the AGO collection or other special exhibitions.

Through paintings, photographs, home movies and personal objects, the exhibition brings to life the story of two of the 20 century’s most passionate and political artists. Shown together here for the first time in Canada, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s art provides a glimpse of post-revolutionary Mexico as well as insight into how modernist art expressed both the personal and political.

Timed-entry tickets for Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics & Painting can be booked by phone or online at ago.net. Regular-priced tickets range from $16.50 for youth visitors to $25 for adults. Admission is FREE for AGO Members and for children ages 5 and under.

In the spirit of Mexico and its delicious hospitality, FRANK is continuing to take reservations for its Mexican-inspired prix fixe dinner until Jan. 20, 2013. The stunning Frank Gehry-designed restaurant invites Gallery visitors to discuss their experiences over authentic margaritas, prickly pears and churros. To make a reservation call (416) 979-6688.

On Jan. 9, 2013 at 7 p.m., the AGO, in partnership with Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto, presents a FREE screening in Jackman Hall of the 1983 Mexican film Frida, naturaleza viva (1983), directed by Paul Leduc with Ofelia Medina as Frida and painter Juan José Gurrola as Diego. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Join Carmen Melián, Sotheby’s Latin American art specialist at the AGO on Jan. 16, 2013 at 7 p.m. for a lecture in Jackman Hall entitled Diego and Frida: Larger Than Life Legends. Tickets can be booked by phone or online at ago.net and are $12 for the public, $10 for members and $8 for students.

The AGO is located at 317 Dundas St. W. (between Beverley Street and McCaul Street). It is easily accessible by the TTC via St. Patrick Subway Station or the Dundas streetcar. Please visit ago.net for more information on directions and parking.

Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting is co-organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and the Museo Dolores Olmedo, Mexico City in association with The Vergel Foundation, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art and Galería Arvil.

EXHIBITION SPONSOR: Scotiabank

INDIVIDUAL SUPPORTERS: The AGO is grateful for special support from Gretchen & Donald Ross, and generous assistance from Scott & Krystyne Griffin and Valerie Greenfield & Hunter Thompson.

OFFICIAL MEDIA PARTNER: The Globe and Mail

GOVERNMENT PARTNERS: Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and the Government of Ontario

The exhibition is supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Travelling Exhibitions Indemnification Program / Avec l’appui du ministère du Patrimoine canadien par le biais du Programme d’Indemnisation pour les exposition itinérants au Canada.

ABOUT THE AGO
With a collection of more than 80,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works to the African art gallery, from the cutting-edge contemporary art to Peter Paul Rubens’ masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, the AGO offers an incredible art experience with each visit. In 2002 Kenneth Thomson’s generous gift of 2,000 remarkable works of Canadian and European art inspired Transformation AGO, an innovative architectural expansion by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that in 2008 resulted in one of the most critically acclaimed architectural achievements in North America. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block, and the often-photographed spiral staircase, beckoning visitors to explore. The AGO has an active membership program offering great value, and the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre offers engaging art and creative programs for children, families, youth and adults. Visit ago.net to find out more about upcoming special exhibitions, to learn about eating and shopping at the AGO, to register for programs and to buy tickets or memberships.

Oct. 20, 2012–Jan. 20, 2013: Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting

March 16–June 16, 2013: Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributions from AGO members, donors and private-sector partners.
                                                                                   
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Media Contacts:

Andrea-Jo Wilson; News Officer, Communications
416-979-6660, ext.403; andrea-jo_wilson@ago.net

Caitlin Coull; Manager, Communications
416-979-6660, ext. 364; caitlin_coull@ago.net

 

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