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Coming soon to the Contemporary Tower

November 2nd, 2018

Image of room with four tv monitors, chairs and cushions

Mickalene Thomas. Los Angelitos Negros, 2016. 4 HD video monitors : four (4) two-channel HD video, sound; each: 121.9 x 137.2 cm; duration: 23 minutes, 18 seconds; 121.9 x 137.2 cm. Courtesy of the artist. © Mickalene Thomas / SOCAN (2018).

Can you hear that? That’s the sound of anticipation building. After the success of recent AGO exhibitions with Suzy Lake, Anne Collier and, most recently, Rebecca Belmore, we’re buzzing with excitement about the upcoming solo exhibitions by internationally acclaimed artists Mickalene Thomas, Vija Celmins and Hito Steyerl.

We’re so excited. We can’t keep it to ourselves any longer. Here’s what’s coming in the months ahead to Level 5 of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower.

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Changing images of war

November 2nd, 2018

Image of soldiers walking along the road during WW1

Ernest Brooks. Battle of the SommeGerman prisoners, 1916. Gelatin silver print, 20 × 25 cm. Anonymous Gift, 2008. 2008/7883

The First World War was a time of mass violence and destruction. It was also a time of evolution for military, aviation and photographic technology. Ahead of Remembrance Day, we’re opening a second rotation of photographs this Saturday in our exhibition, Photography: First World War, 1914–1918.

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Remembering loss

November 2nd, 2018

image of women embraced on woodcut, wove on paper

Käthe Kollwitz, Die Mütter, 1921. Woodcut on wove paper, Sheet: 48 × 65.6 cm. Promised Gift of Dr. Brian McCrindle.

With Remembrance Day this Sunday, it’s a fitting time to spotlight the art of renowned 20th-century German artist Käthe Kollwitz. An advocate for women, children and the poor, Kollwitz also spoke out against suffering. A second rotation of Kollwitz’s work, created during what she called the “unspeakably difficult years” of the First World War and its aftermath, is on view now in our exhibition Käthe Kollwitz: Voice of the People.

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From Art Toronto to the AGO Collection

October 29th, 2018

Art Toronto as seen from above

Image by the AGO

We came, we saw, we bought art! Art Toronto’s Opening Night is a great mix of amazing contemporary art, artists and art lovers. For the past 19 years, it’s also an important evening for AGO curators to view great new art and add to the AGO Collection. Party guests are the first to find out (and check out) what the AGO has acquired. This year was no exception.

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Creepy art

October 29th, 2018

English, Mourning Ribbon Slide: Skull and Crossbones on Plaited Hair, late 17th century. Gold, enamel, hair, gems, rock crystal. The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Halloween is almost here. To get into the ghostly spirit, we’re spotlighting works in the AGO Collection that feature skulls, coffins and other spine-chilling symbols for a delightfully morbid visit to the AGO.

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Coming soon: New exhibition by Brian Jungen

October 29th, 2018

Sculpture by Brian Jungen

Brian Jungen, Warrior 1, 2017. Nike Air Jordans, leather, 99.06 x 81.28 x 73.66 c.m. Courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York. © Brian Jungen. Photo by Jason Wyche

You may never look at shoeboxes the same way again. This summer, the AGO welcomes an exciting solo exhibition by Brian Jungen, the B.C.-based artist internationally renowned for sculptures and installations made from repurposed consumer goods. The exhibition, curated by Kitty Scott, the Carol and Morton Rapp Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the AGO, will include many new and recent sculptures and masks, as well as an epic film installation. And for the first time, Jungen will exhibit his archive – materials that have inspired his work – neatly packed in 400 Nike shoeboxes.

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