The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is one of the largest art museums in North America with a collection of nearly 95,000 diverse works ranging from cutting-edge contemporary art such as Untilled by Pierre Huyghe to European masterpieces such as Peter Paul Rubens’s The Massacre of The Innocents. There's also a vast collection by the Group of Seven, iconic 20th-century modern landscape artists who painted Canada’s rugged wilderness, along with work by established and emerging Indigenous artists.
The photography collection tracks the impact of the medium through images by artists such as Garry Winogrand and Diane Arbus. There are also focused collections of carved Gothic boxwood miniatures and Western and Central African art. Drawing on this collection and from collaborations with museums around the world, the AGO presents wide-ranging exhibitions and programs, taking special care to showcase diverse and underrepresented artists.
A major expansion designed by architect Frank Gehry in 2008 has made the AGO a highly photographed architectural landmark. The Galleria Italia is a stunning 660-foot canopy of glass, steel, and wood facing Dundas Street. The redevelopment also included a magnificent spiral staircase in Walker Court. Both the staircase and the Galleria locations offer lighting, angles, and symmetry calculated to produce an image worth sharing.
When the redevelopment was complete, the Globe and Mail called it “a restrained masterpiece.” The Toronto Star echoed the praise, saying the new additions were “the easiest, most effortless and relaxed architectural masterpiece this city has ever seen.” Test these strong endorsements with your own eye for design.
Cover image by Nicolas Lebrun is made available on Pixabay.