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April 11th, 2017

Marie-Helene Vieira da Silva. Nocturnal Space, 1954. Oil on canvas, 97 x 129.4 cm. Gift from the Women’s Committee Fund, 1957. © Art Gallery of Ontario

In February, we announced Look:Forward, a major initiative  that will reinvigorate the AGO’s Collection galleries. Scheduled to be completed in 2018, Look:Forward will mean more art in more spaces—over 70,000 sq. ft. of new installations across more than 50 galleries to be specific, featuring work from each of our collecting areas: Canadian, European, Modern & Contemporary, Photography, and Prints & Drawings.

You can already see the changes starting to happen inside the AGO’s walls, as the Toronto Star recently observed on a visit to the Gallery. In the article, art critic Murray Whyte writes how Stephan Jost, the AGO’s Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO, was inspired to lead Look:Forward after a trip to the vaults shortly after he joined the Gallery.

“I think it was when I walked past the second Giacometti that I realized we had to do something,” Stephan said.

Read on to learn more about what’s in store for the AGO Collection, including changes that you can already see along the walkways around Walker Court, and the Modernist display inside the Level 1 suite made up of Margaret Eaton Gallery, Marvin Gelber Gallery, and the Betty Ann & Fraser Elliott Gallery. (And we can`t wait to reveal what the AGO has planned for its collection of modern Canadian works!)

Stay tuned to the AGO website to learn the most recent updates to the Look:Forward project, and for up-to-date listings of individual gallery closures and openings.

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