Art Gallery of Ontario

Art Gallery of Ontario
Art Lovers Must Visit the Art Gallery of Ontario In Toronto!

If you read my blog at all, you know that I’m a lover of art galleries and museums. While I was in Toronto I visited the Art Gallery of Ontario aka the AGO. I went to their website and a Patti Smith exhibit was happening called “Camera Solo” and there an advanced exhibit piece by Ai Weiwei called “Snake Ceiling” for his show in August. I knew I had to visit! The gallery is over 480,000 square feet and has over 80,000 pieces from the 1st century to now. If you’re an architecture fan, Frank Gehry, who designed Bilbao’s Guggenheim also designed the renovation of the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Fun fact: Gehry is from Toronto yet the AGO was his first work in Canada. 



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Here are a few of my favorite pieces from my visit to the Art Gallery of Ontario:

AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario

The outside entryway to the AGO

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The new wing by Frank Gehry


“Hagwilget” by Canadian artist Emily Carr

Art Gallery of Ontario Claude Monet

Vétheuil in Summer by Claude Monet


“Camera Solo” photo exhibit by Patti Smith – June 2015

pink slide

Roller Coaster by Brazilian art group Los Carpinteros. I want this bed!!!

aiweiwei snake

Ai Weiwei’s Snake Ceiling made of children’s backpacks

I enjoyed the special exhibits as well as the contemporary galleries in the Art Gallery of Ontario. There are several areas and floors and they also have a great gallery shop, restaurant, and cafe. On Wednesdays, the gallery is open late until 8 pm. There is also free wi-fi there for all of you folks who love to check in and post Instagram!!

**Disclaimer: Many thanks to Art Gallery of Ontario and Toronto Tourism for the complimentary visit. As always, opinions stated are my own.**

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