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Art Gallery of Ontario to Close G20 Weekend

Friday, June 25

Galleries: 10 am – 4 pm
FRANK: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
caféAGO: 10 am – 3:30 pm
Espresso Bar: 11 am – 3:30 pm
Members’ Lounge: 12 noon – 3:30 pm
shopAGO: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
AGO Art Rental & Sales: Closed

Saturday, June 26: Closed

Sunday, June 27: Closed

Thursday, July 1

Galleries: 10 am – 4 pm
FRANK: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm; 5:30 – 10:30 pm
caféAGO: 11 am – 3:30 pm
Espresso Bar: 11 am – 3:30 pm
Members’ Lounge: 12 noon – 3:30 pm
shopAGO: 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
AGO Art Rental & Sales: Closed

Monday, August 2

Galleries: 10 am – 4 pm
FRANK: Closed
caféAGO: 11 am – 3:30 pm
Espresso Bar: Closed
Members’ Lounge: 12 noon – 3:30 pm
shopAGO: 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
AGO Art Rental & Sales: Closed

(Toronto: June 7, 2010) – As the city ramps up for the upcoming G20 summit, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will close to the public early at 4 pm on Friday, June 25 and remain fully closed on the weekend of June 26 and 27 as a result of the anticipated traffic interruptions and road closures.

“Positive visitor experience is paramount for the AGO,” explained Director and CEO Matthew Teitelbaum. “We simply do not want to put unnecessary stress on our public, staff or volunteers trying to navigate in and out of the downtown core that weekend.”

The AGO is located directly north of the restricted zones and is minutes away from the G20 summit located at the Metro Convention Centre.

“We look forward to welcoming the public during regular operating hours on Tuesday, June 29,” Teitelbaum said. “The Gallery is also open for business on Canada Day and the holiday Monday on August 2.”

AGO Art Rental and Sales will be closed all day on Friday, June 25 given its location on University Avenue.

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

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