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Contact 2010 Banners Replace Tut on Façade

April 13th, 2010

Update: The Barbara Kruger installation has been extended to October 3, 2010

King Tut on AGO Façade

The King Tut banners on the AGO’s front façade are being removed this week in preparation for a new installation. In partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Festival, the AGO has commissioned renowned American artist Barbara Kruger to create a large-scale public installation to be displayed along the Gallery’s signature glass skirt, which spans an entire city block between McCaul and Beverley streets.

Installation of Kruger’s work will begin April 19, and is part of this year’s Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, which opens May 1. The installation will respond to CONTACT’s theme for 2010, "Pervasive Influence," which considers how photography informs and transforms human behaviour, especially via the medium’s connections to mass media, advertising, consumerism, and propaganda.

Kruger’s installation, on view from May 1 through August 30, marks the first time the AGO has exhibited artwork on the exterior of its newly transformed Frank Gehry–designed building.

CONTACT fosters and celebrates the art and profession of photography with an annual month-long festival in May and newly initiated year-round programming in the gallery. For more information, visit

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