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Art Gallery of Ontario Open on Monday, August 6 for Civic Holiday

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris ends Aug. 26

(TORONTO – Aug 1, 2012) With only three and a half weeks remaining, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s hot summer exhibition, Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris is keeping its doors open this holiday Monday to allow more visitors to see the exhibition’s treasures before they disappear on Aug. 26.

Normally closed on Mondays, the AGO is making a special exception on Aug. 6 for the Civic Holiday and again on Monday, Aug. 20, allowing extended access to the exhibition before it ends its run the following Sunday.

Filled with 141 highlights from the Musée’s collection, Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris offers a rare window into the works – also known as “Picasso’s Picassos” – the artist cherished most and kept for himself.

The exhibition is a cool summer activity for everyone, whether visiting solo, with friends or with family. Families are encouraged to take advantage of the special audio tour created just for children, free with the purchase of any adult audio guide. Children can tour the exhibition with their own audio wands, pausing at seven designated stops to listen to kid-friendly programming. They can also check out the new shopAGOkids for unique art-related products for kids 0 to 12 years of age and enjoy kids menus at both the caféAGO and FRANK restaurant.

FRANK restaurant will be open for lunch on Aug. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additionally, FRANK is continuing 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.

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. Discounted admission to Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris is available on Aug. 8 to coincide with our free entry into the permanent collection from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

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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