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!
It’s that time of year again – when the rush to get the perfect bouquet of flowers, find that special gift or plan an unforgettable outing for mom begins. Well, look no further. We’ve got just what you need. The AGO is a great place to spend Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 12) by strolling around together and taking in the great art on display. And when you’ve worked up an appetite from all that artful fun, join us for a special Mother’s Day Brunch or Afternoon Tea at the Grange.
At first glance Gustave Caillebotte’s Le Pont de l’Europe 1876 (a highlight from our exhibition Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more) appears to be an everyday urban scene of people strolling across a bridge in 1870s Paris. However, someone standing on this same bridge in 1876 might notice something amiss in the artist’s depiction. Now, thanks to intensive research and innovative technology, visitors to the exhibition can see for themselves just how much artistic license Caillebotte really took.
it’s a still lake, a reflective pool or a rushing river, it’s easy to be
inspired by the ever-changing nature of water. And no matter the level of your
artistic skill, picking up the brush to capture the wonder of water can be
intimidating. Have no fear, we’re here to help. To you get started, we asked long-time
AGO painting instructor and Toronto-based artist Lauren Renzetti to show us how
to paint the ocean – in just 60 seconds!
Despite becoming an artist in the late 1800s when opportunities for women were limited, German artist Käthe Kollwitz’s achievements are incredible. Today, she’s recognized as a strong voice at the intersection of art and activism. You can follow Kollwitz’s journey as an ambitious artist in the third and final rotation of her prints, drawings and sculptures, on view now in the AGO exhibition Becoming Käthe Kollwitz.
Many of us have childhood memories of ripping open the Sunday paper to find the funny pages. Peanuts, Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes – week after week these comic strips tell heartwarming stories and jokes to make us laugh. Comic art stretches far beyond those pages, though, and the medium can be used in effective ways to tell compelling and sometimes heartbreaking stories. On May 8, Canadian cartoonist Seth will join us at the AGO to launch his graphic novel Clyde Fans.
During your visit to Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more, you may have noticed the red palm-sized books with fold-out maps and wondered, why are these here? These fascinating travel guide books provided a reference point for artists and tourists travelling during the mid-to-late 19th century – much like modern-day Rough Guides and Lonely Planet books.
It’s finally here! The birds are chirping, the sun is out and the days are getting warmer. We don’t know about you, but we’re excited by the arrival of spring. And since we’re open for the first long weekend of the season (April 19 to 22), we’ve picked some of our favourite Canadian paintings from the AGO Collection to give you that springy vibe during your visit to the AGO.