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The AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: With a collection of more than 90,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is among the largest and most distinguished art museums in North America. An international landmark, the AGO is also one of Canada’s most innovative cultural destinations. Highlights of the Gallery’s world-class collection include iconic Canadian and Inuit works, along with European and contemporary art – all on view in a spectacular building transformed by renowned Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry. After spending time with the AGO’s vast collection, be sure to enjoy a meal or glass of wine at the Gallery’s award-winning restaurant FRANK. Visit shopAGO for a unique collection of artful gifts, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and beautiful art books.
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

This large art museum on Dundas, in a swirling contemporary building that includes a wooden spiral staircase by Frank Gehry, features a broad selection of modern sculpture, paintings and design. The special exhibition when I was there was" Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty," two giants of 20th-century British art. More than 130 artworks, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs, are displayed. According to the program, it "draws on the artists’ experiences during times of conflict and violence, including the London Blitz of the Second World War, to examine how confinement and angst fostered their extraordinary creativity and unique visions." To me, it was a lovely, flowing demonstration of their works illustrating their connections as well as their distinctions.
The Museum is fun just to walk through because of its design. It is well worth at least a couple of hours. You can reach it by foot or subway from central downtown. There are also several interesting small art galleries along Dundas near the Museum.

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Reviewed 2 July 2014

I have been here twice and both times I've had a wonderful experience roaming through all the exhibits, and discovering new favorite artists. The general admission price is very reasonable and gets you access to most of what the AGO has to offer, and you can easily upgrade for admission to the special exhibitions (high recommended!). It's a great way to spend an afternoon in Toronto and fairly easy to get to from most locations.

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

The Group of Seven, the large display spaces, and of course the building itself. It is affordable and fun and there are great green spaces and coffee shops to reflect on what you have seen. It is a must do if you are in Toronto, go early or late to beat the crowds.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

Took the kids (they weren't that impressed). Was surprised at the level of the Art. Thought some was amazing, but a lot more wasn't inspiring.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

I just saw a very informative show of Henry Moore and Francis Bacon, mostly work that was done during and after WWII. It was very well put together with just the right amount of writing to help understand what these guys were up to. After the show a nice snack of espresso coffee poured over gelato and then finished off with the lovely work of the group of seven which I could look at over and over.

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