When I visited the AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario in the fall, it had been a few years since my last visit. I am an avid fine art museum goer and I have to say I was negligent in returning sooner. The AGO has a fine, fine collection.
The attraction that brought me back was the Ai Wei Wei exhibit in the fall. A truly compelling exhibition from the Chinese dissident and artist. The large scale pieces, photographs and sculptures are wonderful to see. DO NOT MISS this exhibition if it comes to a museum near you! Ai Wei Wei's art is focused on making strong political statements and is well worth the price of admission. At $25 per person, this can add up quickly for a family of 5.
I ended up purchasing a family membership to the AGO as I was excited for my family to see the Ai Wei Wei exhibition as well as the David Bowie exhibition. I was not able to attend the latter but my husband and 2 out of 3 kids just LOVED IT. Since it was a guided, interactive exhibit of all things Bowie, it was entertaining for my kids and nostalgic for my husband.
Over the Christmas holidays, I returned again for the New York Guggenheim collection. It was wonderful to see paintings that we had seen last year while visiting New York City. The girls remembered quite a few of the pieces so I was happy to see that they had made a fine impression on them. If you have not been to the Guggenheim you need to go. If you cannot, then try to take in the AGO visiting exhibit.
We finally had a chance to view the permanent collection and I marveled at the paintings from the Group of Seven, Emily Carr, Alex Coleville and many other Canadian artists. It was extraordinary.
If you are in Toronto, you need to make a stop at the AGO and have a look at the very talented Canadian fine artists.
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