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The AGOinsider turns one!

October 10th, 2017

A crowd at Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Money, Van Gogh and more. Image courtesy of the AGO.

Happy birthday to us! Today marks the first anniversary of the AGOinsider. We’ve covered a lot of ground over the past year, sharing the details of exciting exhibitions and programming and delivering breaking news of major AGO announcements. We’ve revealed the secrets of custom cocktails at AGO Bistro and tempted you with holiday gift ideas at shopAGO. We’ve gone behind the scenes and introduced you to AGO staff and volunteers.  Thanks for reading – we can’t wait to spend another year with you!

Take a look at some of our top posts from the first year of the AGOinsider, as clicked on by you…our readers.

The unknown genius of Mystical Landscapes and Uniting Gauguin’s paintings for the first time
Part of the beauty of Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more, which was the AGO’s biggest hit of 2016 and the number 6 most-visited exhibition in the Gallery’s history, was blending major artist names with lesser-known painters. These articles highlight this range, from showcasing the work of Charles-Marie Dulac to celebrating the groundbreaking reunion of three Paul Gauguin paintings.

Georgia O’Keeffe is almost here!
Our spring exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe was another highlight of the past year, and apparently it was for many Torontonians as well! This post, published a few weeks before the exhibition’s opening to the public, was very popular.

Mick Jagger visiting the AGO. Photo courtesy of the AGO.

 #RetroAGO: Mick and the ships
In a RetroAGO post, the AGOinsider looked back at a very special visit—when Mick Jagger,  the front man of The Rolling Stones,  dropped by to see the Thomson Collection of Ship Models.

Love science? Love art?
Get to know what it’s like to be an art conservator at the AGO in this interview with AGO conservator Joan Weir.

A mystical proposal
Michael Pilatzkie and Kaitlin Higgins had an AGO visit they’ll never forget this year during Mystical Landscapes, when Michael decided to get on one knee. Hear the story about what happened in their own words!

Photo courtesy of the AGO.

Come and knock on our (new) door

A major project for the AGO, the city and the community over the past year was beautifying Grange Park . The AGO also unveiled a new south entrance to the Gallery that provides access to the park and includes a more open library space and room for artwork.

The AGO is reimagining its look
Look:Forward is a major reinstallation of the AGO’s Collection, and it has been happening in Gallery spaces since February (and will continue into 2018). One of many goals of the reinstallation is to showcase more artists of colour and indigenous works.

Photo credit: Ai Weiwei Studio.

Ai Weiwei is coming
Iconic Chinese artist Ai Weiwei couldn’t make it to Toronto for Ai Weiwei: According to What? in 2013, so this post about the artist’s recent trip to Toronto was very well received. And, luckily for us, he paid the AGO a visit while he was here!

Here’s to the next year of art news at the AGO!

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