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Saying goodbye to Penone’s Cedro di Versailles

June 19th, 2012

Five thousand kilograms is a whole lot of cedar. That’s what the crew in this video had to contend with when they removed Giuseppe Penone’s Cedro di Versailles from the AGO on Feb. 15, 2012.

Cedro di Versailles is an awe-spiring work that stood as the centrepiece of Penone’s exhibition in the Galleria Italia, The Hidden Life Within. His tree-centric works, on loan from a private collector, were chosen to christen the Galleria when it opened after TransformationAGO in 2008. They remained in the light-filled space, lending it vitality and wonder, until February.

Listen to Penone talk about his work at an AGO Meet the Artist event here.

AbEx Video: How we hang a priceless work of art!

July 4th, 2011

Ever wondered how we hang a priceless masterpiece? If so, you’re in luck. Watch this time-lapse video of our expert installers de-crating, hanging, and inspecting Willem de Kooning’s seminal Woman, I,  a highlight of Abstract Expressionist New York: Masterpieces from The Museum of Modern Art.

You can catch a glimpse of Woman, I and 110 other Abstract Expressionist masterpieces through September 4, when the works head back to New York for good. Book your time and buy your tickets at!

Conversations with Inuit Modern artists

April 18th, 2011

Michael Massie, A Cool Breeze Blew Up My Back

On April 1, 2011 the AGO invited six leading artists to participate in an online symposium in conjunction with the exhibition, Inuit Modern.  Conversations with Kenojuak Ashevak, Mattiusi Iyaituk, Jimmy Manning, David Ruben Piqtoukun, Mike Massie and Tim Pitsiulak provide valuable insights into inspiration, process, and the challenges of  achieving and sharing their artistic visions. Video of all three sessions is now available online:

Take the JUNO Tour of Canadian Art

February 17th, 2011

In partnership with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), we’ve launched The JUNO Tour of Canadian Art, bringing together great Canadian art and great Canadian music. Eight JUNO Award-winning musicians: Alpha Yaya Diallo, Buck 65, Dan Hill, Gord Downie, Hawksley Workman, Jane Bunnett, Measha Brueggergosman and Tanya Tagaq selected an artwork from the AGO’s collection and shared with us both a personal response and song that connected them to the work. Their recorded responses can be found, and heard, next to the art. In the Canadian collection and in the Henry Moore gallery until August 31.

Here’s a preview:

Up Close and Personal (Video)

February 4th, 2011

By: David Wistow, Interpretive Planner

It’s not every day you can get inside an artist’s mind. In the Blackwood exhibition there are three short films, all included with admission. They really give you a sense of the man, his unique etching technique, and the rock and sea of Newfoundland that inspired him. The first film dates from 1976. (Blackwood still has black hair!). It concentrates on the artist’s amazing skills as an etcher. The second features an interview conducted by Blackwood’s fellow Newfoundlander, CBC celebrity Rex Murphy (2008) and talk of the tough life of sealers and fishermen. The third, produced by the AGO, documents the artist’s 2009 trip to Bonavista Bay and the Newfoundland of his youth. The footage is mouthwatering. It makes you want to go there.

Total running time on continuous loop: 55 minutes

Black Ice: David Blackwood Prints of Newfoundland, opens this Saturday February 5.