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Ten things we’re looking forward to in 2018

December 21st, 2017

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We’ve only just started, but 2018 is shaping up to be a year full of artful experiences at the AGO. Here’s our top 10 list of things we can’t wait for you to see:

1. Feel Forever

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013. Wood, metal, glass mirrors, plastic, acrylic panel, rubber, LED lighting system, acrylic balls, and water, 287.7 x 415.3 x 415.3 cm. Courtesy of David Zwirner, N.Y. © Yayoi Kusama

This is big—REAL BIG! The AGO is the only Canadian stop for Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, an experiential exhibition that features the famous Japanese artist’s paintings and of course, her immersive Infinity Mirror Rooms that have been setting Instagram ablaze. Another AGO Members’ booking window opens next week on January 9 and tickets go on sale to the public on January 16. Get ready!

Can’t wait until the exhibition opens? Kusama’s Narcissus Garden installation is coming to the AGO on February 24 and is free with admission.

2. A collaboration 25 years in the making

Anonymous photographer, Joan Mitchell and Jean Paul Riopelle in Chicago, about 1957. Yseult Riopelle Archives. Work shown: Jean Paul Riopelle, Untitled (detail), about 1957, oil on canvas, 60 × 73 cm. Private collection © Estate of Jean Paul Riopelle / SODRAC (2017)

For the first time, two giants in modern art who shared their lives for 25 years now have a joint exhibition. Mitchell/Riopelle: Nothing in Moderation – a groundbreaking show dedicated to the relationship between two powerhouse abstract painters, American Joan Mitchell (1925–1992) and Canadian Jean Paul Riopelle (1923­–2002) – will explore how the push and pull of their relationship had an effect on their distinctive artistic styles.

3. We’re continuing the conversation

Joanne Tod. Chapeau Entaillé, 1989. Oil on canvas, 213.5 x 304.8 cm. Gift of Morris and Vivian Saffer, 1996. © Joanne Tod

Look:Forward continues into 2018, and a major focus will be on the Indigenous and Canadian Galleries. Under the co-leadership of curators Georgiana Uhlyarik and Wanda Nanibush, the McLean Centre for Canadian Art will undergo a dramatic evolution – where Indigenous and non-Indigenous artworks will intermingle – sparking new conversations. You’ll be able to see your favourites – and discover some new ones, too!

4. We’re getting (even more) digital

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The AGO is using technology to help you make deeper art connections. Did you get a chance to experience a modern take on historical art through an Augmented Reality (AR) lens in ReBlink? If you didn’t, have no fear, the project is on view until April 2018! Want to learn more about our artwork but can’t come to the Gallery? Check out our online collection to see works from your favourite collecting areas, all from the comfort of your iPad. Stay tuned for more exciting innovations.

5. Reality check on climate change

Edward Burtynsky: Lithium Mines #1, Salt Flats, Atacama Desert, Chile, 2017. Inkjet print, 58 ½ x 78 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto. © Edward Burtynsky, 2017.

In September, the AGO, along with the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada (NGC), will co-present Anthropocene, a major new contemporary art exhibition by renowned Toronto artists Ed Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier. The exhibition tells the story of humans’ impact on the Earth through film, large-scale photography and new experiential technologies. Follow #AnthropoceneProject for updates – this is one you definitely won’t want to miss.

6. Combat the winter blahs

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Tired of hearing “I’m bored” for the 20th time today? We’ve got tons for you and your kids to do during the wintery months. There are Family Sundays for all ages every Sunday (no booking required), as well as a line-up of Family Day and March Break activities. Kids can also draw, paint, art sleuth and play games in the galleries at the Art Cart on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and our littlest visitors can explore and create in the Hands-On Centre.

7. We know how to party

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Combine a heavy dose of great art, a pinch of live music, a sprinkling of installations and a mix of  tasty treats – you have the recipe for a great party!

Whether it’s at our monthly First Thursdays or our annual Massive Party – this year with the theme of Illusion – the AGO is the place to be!

8. Shop and Dine

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After visiting one of our amazing  exhibitions, don’t let the fun end after you leave the Gallery. Why not extend your stay… and your memories?

Visit us at AGO Bistro, where the chefs put a ton of research into connecting the restaurant’s special menus to major exhibitions in order to enhance your complete Gallery experience. What does infinity taste like? Find out!

Looking for the perfect polka dot gift to complement your brand new Kusama profile picture? shopAGO has you covered. Make sure to Instagram a picture of what you get.

9. New year, new you

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Is your New Year’s resolution to become the next Kusama? Whether you’ve never picked up a paintbrush, or you’ve studied art for years, the AGO has a course for you. The Anne Tanenbaum Gallery School offers a wide variety of courses to unleash your inner artist and share your creativity with the world. Make sure to tell your friends that you’re now an AGO-trained artist!

10. We’re excited to see our friends

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We’re lucky that Toronto is a hotbed of arts and culture – there’s so much to see at cultural institutions in 2018. Beyond our own amazing shows, we’re excited to get chic with Christian Dior; hear Anne Boleyn sing; look into The Field of Emotion; visit Paris in the 1920s; explore things Frame by Frame; experience Broadway without leaving the city; and spot some celebs at TIFF.

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