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It’s official: Mystical is magical

February 28th, 2017

The AGO says au revoir to Mystical Landscapes, a record-breaking exhibition, as it moves on to Paris.

Mystical Landscapes Press Preview

Those of you who saw our hit exhibition Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more could probably tell that you were witnessing history in the making. Well, it’s official: the exhibition broke into the list of top 10 most-visited exhibitions in AGO history, landing the number 6 spot! Over its 16-week run from October 22 to February 12, the show drew 288,398 visitors to the Gallery.

Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more is the first exhibition of its kind to explore the mystical journeys of some of the most beloved artists and their work. It garnered raves from visitors and critics alike, with The Globe and Mail calling it “a feast for the senses and the soul” and the Toronto Star claiming that it “casts old favourites in a new light.”

The exhibition now moves on to the famed Musée D’Orsay in Paris, where it will run from March 14 to June 25. After that, it closes forever, and these extraordinary artworks return to their home museums across the world.

If you didn’t get a chance to see Mystical Landscapes (or simply want to experience it one last time and don’t think you’ll make it to Paris), check out the video below, featuring exhibition curator Katharine Lochnan on a special tour with RBC curators Robin Anthony and Corrie Jackson.

Projects of this calibre require a lot of support, and the AGO is grateful for the generosity of the exhibition’s Lead Sponsor, RBC. Many others played key roles in helping this exhibition come alive. We’re thankful for the vision of Lead Supporters Tim and Frances Price, as well as the generous support of Richard M. Ivey and Mrs. John Flemer; our Government partners, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and Celebrate Ontario; and our media partner The Globe and Mail.

Mystical Landscapes Gala

Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more was conceived and developed by Dr. Katharine Lochnan, the Art Gallery of Ontario’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. Lenders include 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.

Curious about how an exhibition of this magnitude came together? Read all about it here. Thank you for taking this special journey with us!

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