The Art Gallery of Ontario, one of Canada’s most revered arts institutions, has closed its doors to the public as installation begins in the revamped galleries of the soon-to-be-completed new museum building. Designed by Toronto native Frank Gehry, the transformation of the Art Gallery of Ontario includes expansion of the gallery to 97,000 square feet, the addition of 10,000 new works of art, and a 47 percent increase in viewing space.
Although the galleries are closed, the AGO Art Rental and Sales Gallery continues to offer an extensive selection of works from a broad array of artists, including Michel Snow, Jean-Paul Riopelle and Ed Burtynski, among many others. Works from the AGO’s permanent collection can be explored online at Collection X.
The Art Gallery of Ontario is expected to re-open to the public in mid-2008.