Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Ontario)

The Art Gallery of Ontario reopened in November 2008 following an extensive renovation by architect Frank Gehry, who grew up just blocks away.  The AGO's holdings have grown substantially with recent donations, especially from late newspaper baron Kenneth Thomson.  His collection fills 30 of the building's 110 galleries.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Peter Paul Rubens' Massacre of the Innocents (purchased by Thomson at auction in 2002 for C$115 million)
  • Gian Lorenzo Bernini's The Crucified Christ
  • Tom Thomson's The West Wind (the gallery has an extensive collection of landscape paintings by Canada's "Group of Seven")
  • Emily Carr's Indian Church
  • The world's largest public collection of Henry Moore sculptures
  • The Galleria Italia, the glass-fronted addition above the main entrance that holds temporary sculpture exhibitions
  • Gehry's curved staircases that connect the new contemporary art galleries to each other and Walker Court below

Pick up a gallery map as you enter for help finding these and other highlights.  You can also download a podcast of Director's Highlights.

Admission to the gallery is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youths, and free for everyone Wednesdays from 6-8:30 pm.  The AGO is closed on Mondays.  See their web site for full hours and more admission details.

Works from the AGO’s permanent collection can also be explored online through an innovative web project called Collection X. This fully interactive website allows users to view works from the AGO collection, curate their own online exhibitions, as well as showcase their own work and connect with other users.

AGO general information: Tel: 416-979-6648 or 1-877-225-4246; www.ago.net .