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Exhibition Dates

October 22, 2016 – February 12, 2017

Exhibition Dates

October 22, 2016 – February 12, 2017





October 26, 2016
Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies

November 2, 2016
Chris Hadfield’s Generator: The Mystic North

November 18, 2016
Katharine Lochnan on Charles Dulac and the Mystical Landscape

November 30, 2016
Charles Taylor: Religion, the spiritual and art


November 7 -21
December 5 – 19
January 9- 23

Mystical Landscapes: Experiencing art through meditation, mindfulness and Visio Divina exercises

Past Events

Pop-Up Planetarium
An all ages experience!
December 26 - January 8


Mystical France Contest
November 28, 2016 - February 6, 2017

Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more

A feast for the senses and the soul.”

— Globe and Mail

The years between 1880 and 1930 were marked by rampant materialism and rapid urbanization. Disillusioned with traditional religious institutions, many European, Scandinavian and North American artists searched for an unmediated spiritual path through mystical experiences. Organized in partnership with the renowned Musée d'Orsay in Paris, Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more breaks new art historical ground, exploring the mystical experiences of 37 artists from 14 countries, including Emily Carr, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Georgia O'Keeffe and James McNeill Whistler.

Taking visitors on a journey through Europe, Scandinavia and North America, the exhibition features close to 90 extraordinary paintings and 20 works on paper, many of which seldom leave their home museum. Highlights include Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night over the Rhone at Arles from 1888, which prompted him to write about feeling “a tremendous need of —shall I say the word— I go outside at night to paint the stars”; Paul Gauguin's vivid Vision of the Sermon (Jacob Wrestling with the Angel) from 1888, painted during his sojourn in rural Brittany; Claude Monet's Water Lilies (Nymphéas) from 1907, which he painted after hours of Zen-like meditation beside his Japanese water garden; Edvard Munch's The Sun, created to inspire students in the wake of his well-publicized nervous breakdown between 1910-1913; Georgia O'Keeffe's Series I - from the Plains from 1919, which shows the terrifying power of an approaching thunderstorm in Texas; and a series of mystical lithographs by the recently rediscovered French artist Charles Marie Dulac, which illustrates St. Francis of Assisi's Canticle of Creation.

Mystical Landscapes was conceived and developed by Katharine Lochnan, the AGO's senior curator of international exhibitions, together with Roald Nasgaard and Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov, in addition to Guy Cogeval and Isabelle Morin Loutrel of the Musée d'Orsay.

The exhibition is timed-ticketed and AGO Members are offered free admission and exclusive previews in the days leading up to the exhibition's public opening.

Lenders include the Tate Britain; National Gallery of Canada; National Gallery of Scotland; National Museum, Stockholm; Munch Museum, Oslo; National Gallery, Prague; Leopold Museum, Vienna; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Art Institute of Chicago; and many other institutions worldwide.

Lead Sponsor

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Lead Supporters

  • Tim and Frances Price

Generously supported by

  • Richard M. Ivey
  • Mrs. John Flemer

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Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto and the musée d'Orsay, Paris.

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