The largest annual photography festival in the world has returned! The annual Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is back with amazing exhibitions and programs taking over the city, and the AGO is proud to be a partner once again.
The train has officially left the station. This past weekend saw the final days of the AGO’s groundbreaking exhibition Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more. With the doors now closed and the masterpieces on their way back to lending museums and collections around the world, the praise for Impressionism is still buzzing!
Artist Mike MacDonald is often referred to as the grandfather of Indigenous media art. Of Mi’kmaq and European ancestry, the Nova Scotia-born video artist and photographer was one of the first Indigenous artists to use video in a fine art context. He began working with video in the 1970s and ‘80s and frequently used it to explore the natural world and his Indigenous heritage – much like what he created in his work Seven Sisters, currently on view on Level 2 in the J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous & Canadian Art.
The wait is finally over! The celebrated retrospective Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory is now open on Level 5 in the Vivian & David Campbell Centre of Contemporary Art. Touring from SFMOMA to The MET, this stop at the AGO features over 110 mesmerizing drawings, paintings and sculptures, and marks Vija Celmins’s Canadian debut.
Do you think a young and relatively unknown Picasso, struggling to pay for food, knew that the canvases he was painting and repainting would become some of the most celebrated works of twentieth-century modern art? Created at the beginning of his career, from 1901–1907, the works of the Blue and Rose periods offer a glimpse of the evolution of a young genius. Many of these masterpieces, including two outstanding works on loan from the AGO Collection, are currently on display at The Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland, as part of its landmark exhibition, The Young Picasso – Blue and Rose Periods.
As you enter Signy Eaton Gallery on Level 2 at the AGO, you’ll see a long iron pole slanting upward from a pile of sandbags. Near the top of the pole, two steel slabs are bolted together with a streetlight shining a spotlight. On the other side of the room, burlap sacks and steel shelves are stacked with pieces of wood and plaster fragments of sculpture. These large sculptural installations are, respectively, La Germania by Luciano Fabro and Untitled by Jannis Kounellis. Together they make up Arte Povera, our latest and last installment of Look:Forward, a display that focuses on the Italian Arte Povera movement.
Vija Celmins is renowned for her fascinating and entrancing portrayals of natural imagery, ranging from ocean waves to the sky at night. With its exquisite detail, Celmins’s work encourages viewers to take a moment and look closer to consider the captivating beauty in both her work and the natural world around us. Ten years in the making, Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memoryisa comprehensive retrospective of more than five decades of the artist’s paintings, drawings and sculptures, and will open at the AGO on May 4.
When Ivona Novak brought her three-year-old son Noah to the AGO for the first time, she wasn’t sure what to expect. Noah has been paralyzed since he was six months old as a result of pediatric cancer, and he and his family have been encountering accessibility challenges on a daily basis ever since.
The crystal anniversary of AGO Massive brought good vibes to
the museum. This important fundraiser celebrated 15 years of supporting the
AGO’s mission to bring people together with art to see, experience and
understand the world in new ways. And all with a good dose of glitter!