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10 reasons to be excited about 2019

We’re buzzing with anticipation about all the amazing artful experiences we’ve got lined up this year at the AGO. Check out our top 10 things to look forward to in 2019: 1. Impressionism in a whole new light All aboard! We’re taking a journey to late 19th century Paris and beyond on trains, over bridges, near […]


Anthropocene: A curator’s view

Have you seen Anthropocene yet? On now, this major exhibition, featuring stunning works by renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, gives an evocative portrait of how humans are transforming the planet. Recently, AGO Curator of Photography Sophie Hackett was interviewed by Robyn McCallum, Senior Manager and Curator at Scotiabank, […]


A conversation with a collector

With an abundance of curvy lines, one of our galleries is looking very Art Nouveau these days. And that’s thanks to the gorgeous posters in our exhibition, Le Salon des Cent. Le Salon des Cent, which translates to The Salon of One Hundred, was a commercial art exhibition organized by French literary magazine La Plume. […]


First Thursday: A SOUL Revolution

2018 is coming to a close, but before you break out the eggnog, start December off right with the hottest art party in Toronto: First Thursday: A SOUL Revolution. In this edition, we’re teaming up with local movers and shakers AfroChic to celebrate the November 29 opening of Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires. The non-profit organization […]


Links we’re loving

Curious about what’s happening in the world of art and culture? We’ve gathered some of the most interesting art news stories making the rounds at the AGO. From the strange to the inspired, here’s what’s fuelling our watercooler chatter. A small town in Sweden is relocating to more stable ground. And to commemorate the town’s […]



In celebration of International Women’s Month, the AGO is collaborating with The National Museum of Women in the Arts for the second annual Can you name #5WomenArtists? campaign. More than 180 institutions worldwide are participating in the challenge by naming #5WomenArtists in their collection or in exhibitions. The campaign aims to call attention to the inequity […]


Toronto, take two

The AGO’s Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries exhibition has been infused with newly-installed art for a fresh glimpse into the ‘70s and ‘80s. Praised by The Globe and Mail for unearthing “a vibrant, political and occasionally messy era of the city’s art history” since its debut last September, Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971–1989 has intrigued visitors […]


Look up from your phone!

Art is (almost) everywhere.  A new AGO installation maps out where you can—and can’t—find Toronto’s public art. Did you know that the City of Toronto currently has over 700 public artworks on display, free of lineups and admission fees? And now, for the first time ever, a map has been created that marks where all public […]


Lido Pimienta headlines AGO First Thursdays this week

Don’t miss the powerful presence of this Colombian-born, Toronto-based singer-songwriter. Lido Pimienta’s music defies categorization; it’s a swirl of electro beats, Afro-Colombian rhythms, dramatic vocals and politics. A truly independent artist, she recently released her second album La Papessa and is already working on crowdfunding her third. La Papessa refers to the High Priestess, a […]


Snap a selfie – or a backie!

Share your AGO experience with your friends…yes, you can take photos here! Last week, gallery-goers across the world snapped a selfie with their favourite collection or work of art for #MuseumSelfie Day, and the AGO was proud to take part. The one-day event was founded in 2014 by London museum blogger Mar Dixon to encourage […]