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Free Admission for Closing Weekend at the AGO

Date Posted: October, 1, 2007

As the Art Gallery of Ontario prepares to enter the final phase ofits expansion project, Westbank Corporation (Shangri-La) will sponsorthe GalleryÂ’s closing weekend and offer free admission to the publicon October 6 and 7.

This will be the final opportunity for visitors to see four remarkable exhibitions: Medieval and Renaissance Treasures from the Victoria and Albert Museum; Bernini in Focus; Hungry God: Indian Contemporary Art; and Treasures of the Tsimshian from the Dundas Collection.

“Westbank is very proud of its commitment to public art and itsrelationship with the AGO, which will create a better city throughcreative discussion,” says Bob Rennie, spokesperson for WestbankCorporation (Shangri-La).

Although the AGO will be closed until2008 to complete the reinstallation of more than 5,000 artworks into110 galleries, there are still plenty of ways for Gallery members andthe public to stay connected during this final phase of expansion. TheAGO’s Gallery School will provide a full slate of classes for adultsand children at its temporary location at 60 McCaul Street. March Breakcamps and Teens Behind the Scenes youth programs will also continue tobe available.

Over the last 40 years, the AGO’s Art Rental andSales Gallery has offered an extensive selection of works from suchcelebrated Canadian artists as Jean-Paul Riopelle, Michael Snow and EdBurtynsky, and will continue to do so in its current location at 481University Avenue. Artwork is available for sale to the public, or canbe rented out by AGO members for as little as $20 per month.

Meanwhile, the AGO’s website (www.ago.net) will provide live updatesof ongoing construction on the building from two webcams, one facingnorth and the other facing south.

If you’re looking to broaden your horizons, the Travel AGO programwill offer carefully planned itineraries that feature guided tours ofart museums, artist studios and select private and corporatecollections.

During the final stage of construction, the AGO is a Go volunteerteam will be the public face of the Gallery, representing the AGO atmulticultural festivals and community events throughout the GTA.

Westbank Corporation (Shangri-La) is the official sponsor of the AGO’s closing celebration events.

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For media information or visuals, please call:
Antonietta Mirabelli, 416 979 6660, ext. 454, Antonietta_Mirabelli@ago.net

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Culture. Additional operating support is received from the Volunteers of the AGO, the City of Toronto, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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