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Art Gallery of Ontario Extends Hours Due to Popular Demand for Picasso Exhibition

AGO makes a special opening on Monday, August 20, and extends evening hours in final days

(TORONTO – Aug. 16, 2012) Time is running out to see the Art Gallery of Ontario’s (AGO) hot summer exhibition, Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris before it concludes its only Canadian appearance on Aug. 26, 2012.

Normally closed on Mondays, the AGO is making a special exception on Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., allowing even greater access to the exhibition during its final days. This Monday, both the AGO’s permanent collection and the Picasso exhibition will be open to visitors.

Due to an enthusiastic response from GTA residents and visitors to the city, the Art Gallery of Ontario is also extending the hours of Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris during its final week, from Thursday, Aug. 23, to Sunday, Aug. 26. For these four days only, the exhibition will be open until 7 p.m, giving visitors the opportunity to purchase tickets for timed entry at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. The permanent collection at the AGO will close at 5:30 p.m. as usual on those four dates.

Timed-entry tickets for Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris 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.

The 141-work exhibition is not just for adults. A specially created children’s audio tour includes seven designated stops with kid-friendly programming and is free with the purchase of any adult audio guide. In addition to the exhibition, visitors to the Gallery are encouraged to check out the new shopAGOkids for fun, inspired and unique toys, apparel, games and books. There are also kids menus to be enjoyed at both caféAGO and FRANK restaurant.

In the spirit of Picasso and his birthplace, FRANK will continue to take reservations for its Spanish-inspired prix fixe dinner until Aug. 25. The stunning Frank Gehry–designed restaurant invites Gallery visitors to discuss their experience while enjoying the flavours of Spain.

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.

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris is curated by Anne Baldassari, chairman and chief curator of collections of the Musée National Picasso, Paris. The exhibition is co-organized by the Musée National Picasso, Paris, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

LEAD SPONSOR: BMO Financial Group

OFFICIAL AIRLINE: Air Canada

OFFICIAL HOTEL PARTNER: Starwood Hotels and Resorts

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.

May 1–Aug. 26, 2012: Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris

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
Art Gallery of Ontario
(416) 979-6660 x403
Andrea-Jo_Wilson@ago.net

Melissa Prince
Veritas Communications
(416) 482-2669
prince@veritascanada.com

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