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“What a mixture!”

Winnipeg Art Gallery
Ranked #17 of 183 things to do in Winnipeg
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Owner description: The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada's oldest civic art gallery, celebrates its 100th anniversary from Sept 2012 to Aug 2013. As one of Canada's leading art museums, the WAG has over 25,000 works of art ranging from 15th century European paintings to 21st century American multi-media art, and has toured exhibitions around the world-Spain, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Taiwan, Norway, China, Italy, and the United States. At the forefront in promoting Manitoba artists nationwide and abroad, the WAG also represents artists from countries and cultures from across the globe.
Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“What a mixture!”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

I came there to see and understand more about the praised Inuit Art and where it comes from, but instead only a very tiny fraction of the whole exhibit is on the famous sculptures - a way bigger part was on "Inuit Art Inc,", a group of artists with First Nation background. I could not follow the way the pictures (only one sculpture) were arranged and was consequently lost without a red ribbon to follow...
Interesting, though unexpected, where Inuit "fantasy objects" on display - but I doubt these pieces (though some of them are nice to look at) would be put on display, if not from this Inuit source.
The exhibit with European style old masterpieces may be safely ignored - even the praised Chagall was inconspicuously placed.

The roof terrace is just nice to sit and enjoy live.

Visited July 2014
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Conception Bay South, Canada
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45 reviews
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“Thank heavens for Art Galleries”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

We planned an overnight in Winnipeg specifically to visit the WAG and were not disappointed. The "7:Professional Indian Artists" exhibit was a real gem,an eye-opener for those of us unacquainted with this group. We also enjoyed the school tours in the building at the time, bringing eager young students to this wonderful place and engaging them in meaningful dialogue. My one disappointment was that the WAG shop did not have posters/reproductions/prints from the exhibit or information about where I might find these, if available.

Visited June 2014
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San Jose, California
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74 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

After one gets past the politically correct murals on the ground floor in which the prime ministers of Canada and Australia are quoted in 2000-point type apologizing for the treatment of native peoples—a more nuanced situation than the quotations would suggest—the rest of the collection, a combination of European old masters and Canadian art, is well worth a visit.

Visited June 2014
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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448 reviews
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“Nice way to spend an hour or two”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

The WAG Art Gallery's collection is housed on three floors. Art consists of sculptures, Inuit paintings and sculptures, antique furniture pieces, religious art, modern art, porcelain china, and a variety of famous artists' masterpieces. They also have benches located in the middle of each room for those that would like to soak it all in.

Located on the Main Floor is a very nice gift shop with some very cool items.

It's a great way to spend an hour or two!

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Visited June 2014
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Cleveland, Ohio
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Nice small gallery”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

I was alone but arrived on family day so there were lots of kid-oriented activities but they did not get in the way of my enjoyment of the museum which was featuring the aboriginal 'group of seven.' Well organized both by individual artists and themes. Nice space.

Visited June 2014
Thank Eric T
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