The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has exhibitions and events running throughout the year. The following exhibitions should be on your radar if you are planning to visit the bustling city of Toronto.
Delacroix and Goethe’s Faust: The Good, the Bad and the “Ugly”
Eugène Delacroix was a renowned French artist who lived between 1798 and 1863. He had a great love for literature, and he printed illustrations of the story Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust (1808). The story tells of the fall of a learned man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for worldly pleasures and infinite knowledge.
The illustrations were published in 1828, but it was a commercial failure. However, these illustrations are now an indisputable part of the history of French printmaking.
The exhibition features the 18 prints published by Delacroix alongside a selection of prints by his contemporaries. The exhibition is available now and runs up until December 4, 2022, at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Kim Ondaatje: The House on Piccadilly Street
Kim Ondaatje: The House on Piccadilly Street features a group of recently acquired works, like a selection of photographs, letters and sketches created between 1967 and 1969, depicting various scenes of Kim Ondaatje’s Victorian house in London, Ontario.
The feelings of claustrophobia and comfort are portrayed by the paintings of the artist. The photographs, letters, and sketches that will be produced during the exhibition paint a portrait of the artist. Ondaatje’s exhibition is available for viewing between July 24, 2021, and March 27, 2022, at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
The Theatrum Orbis Terrarum consists of four videos projected sequentially onto four white globes. The artist Alan Michelson uses layers of image and sound to bring history to life. It uses material from various illustrations, paintings, maps, photographs, and videos, to exploit centuries of colonial history. The Art Gallery of Ontario presents this exhibit until December 4, 2022.
Whether you are pursuing art studies in Toronto or if you are just a tourist passing through, the Art Gallery of Ontario is an attraction and entertainment destination that is worth paying a visit.
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