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David Bowie is in demand! AGO extends hours on select Fridays and Saturdays starting Oct. 19

Final block of tickets for David Bowie is on sale now

TORONTO — Due to popular demand, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is staying open late six evenings this fall to ensure that all Torontonians get to see the glittering exhibition David Bowie is during its only Canadian stop. The exhibition will close on Nov. 27.

Hailed by the Toronto Star as “monumental” and as a “multimedia extravaganza” by NOW Magazine, the exhibitions hours will be extended to meet demand. In addition to the AGO’s usual late Wednesday nights, the Gallery will remain open until 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 and 26 and Nov. 2, 8, 9 and 15. The Gallery has also added special viewings for members on Oct. 18 and Nov. 1.

With only seven weeks remaining in the exhibition’s run, visitors can now purchase from the final block of tickets for David Bowie is. These tickets offer one-time admission to the exhibition up until Nov. 27, 2013, and can be purchased in person, online and over the phone. Due to the high volume of demand for this exhibition, visitors are encouraged to consider booking weekday daytime visits.

Toronto is the first and only Canadian stop on the exhibition’s world tour. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, this is the first museum show to feature such a broad collection  of artworks, artifacts and costumes from the David Bowie Archive.  Exploring how the multi-talented performer has both influenced and been influenced by movements in art, design, fashion, theatre and contemporary culture, David Bowie is attracted around 312,000 visitors during its debut at the V&A. A richly illustrated catalogue edited by exhibition curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh accompanies the exhibition.

More details about the immersive multimedia exhibition David Bowie is may be found at ago.net/david-bowie-is

Single timed-entry tickets for David Bowie is are $21.50 for youth ages 17 and under, $26.50 for seniors and $30 for adults. Admission is FREE for AGO members and for children five and under. Tickets in the first block offer one-time admission to the exhibition from Oct. 21 to Nov. 27, 2013.

Tickets for David Bowie is can be booked in person, by phone at (416) 979-6655 and online by visiting ago.net/david-bowie-is. For more information on becoming an AGO member to get free admission to all exhibitions at the AGO, please visit ago.net/membership.

The AGO’s acclaimed restaurant, FRANK, celebrates David Bowie is with a selection of updated British comfort foods. These Bowie-themed dishes include FRANK-style fish and chips and lobster pie. FRANK restaurant at the AGO will be open for dinner during the exhibition’s extended hours. For reservations please call 416.979.6688.

David Bowie is was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. www.vam.ac.uk

In partnership with Holt Renfrew and RBC

Sound experience by Sennheiser

Leadership gifts in support of the Bowie Experience from La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso; The Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin Charitable Foundation; and Rob & Cheryl McEwen

Government Partner: Government of Ontario

Hotel Partner: Eaton Chelsea

Media Partners: Q107 and NOW Magazine

ABOUT THE V&A
The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. It was established to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. Today, the V&A’s collections, which span over 2,000 years of human creativity in virtually every medium and from many parts of the world, continue to intrigue, inspire and inform. www.vam.ac.uk

ABOUT SENNHEISER
To ensure the best audio experience for visitors, the AGO is working in partnership with audio specialist Sennheiser. “We are extremely pleased to work with the renowned Art Gallery of Ontario on this outstanding exhibition,” said Paul Whiting, President of Global Sales at Sennheiser. “We will not only bring equipment to this exhibition but also our audio expertise offering visitors an immersive 3DAudio experience.” The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. The family-owned company, which was established in 1945, employs more than 2,100 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the U.S. Sennheiser is represented by subsidiaries and partners worldwide. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

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.

Aug. 17, 2013 – Oct. 27, 2013: Ai Weiwei: According to What?

Sept. 25, 2013 – Nov. 27, 2013: David Bowie is

Nov. 30, 2013 – Mar. 2, 2014: The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918

Contemporary programming at the AGO is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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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416-979-6660, ext. 403, andrea-jo_wilson@ago.net

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416-979-6660, ext. 364, caitlin_coull@ago.net

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