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April 18th, 2012

The AGO is continually redefining its space as it relates to the artists and the needs of the Gallery.  In the last while we have seen some major transformations of our physical and digital spaces – some temporary, some permanent.  The following is part one of a four-part blog series in which we examine the ideas of transformation, change and development here at the AGO.

The physical. Or, Going beyond feng shui…

From small intimate spaces to open concept exhibitions, the physical space around us changes the way we view and interact with art garnering multiple opportunities to create unique experiences for our visitors.  With this understanding, we at the AGO continually attempt to challenge and redefine these experiences.

On April 14, we were proud to open an exciting new gallery space with the expansion and relocation of the David Milne Centre, inviting our guests to engage with the work of one of Canada’s most celebrated artists. An innovative first for the Gallery, we have combined art with archives and technology, and are challenging our guests to get interactive with our research tools.

The gallery has created 20 short films specifically for the Centre. Visitors are encouraged to sit back, relax on couches and explore the films on overhead projections. Profiling the places Milne loved and painted, as well his personal history, these films provide a guided tour through Milne’s private world.  Spanning two floors, and covering an impressive 1,180 sq. ft., the centre is designed to bridge the interior and exterior spaces of the Gallery with its expansive windows. The airy, light-filled space pays homage to David Milne’s passion for nature and preference to work in isolation.

Come check out the space at our “Finding David Milne: New AGO Milne Centre and Archive” event on April 25th, at 7pm. For more information please visit our site .

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