Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto
The Art Gallery of Ontario began as the Art Museum of Toronto in a historic Georgian manor in downtown Toronto. The building was left as a bequest of Harriet Boulton (nee Dixon) in 1909.
The building has had numerous upgrades and expansions over the years. The current structure looks like a dirigible facing the street. The original mansion is behind and serves as the members lounge.
The gallery has seen many travelling exhibitions through the years, including the 1979 King Tutankhamun Exhibition.
In 2010, the Art Gallery of Ontario gave us “Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts. A massive exhibit of sumptuous paintings, jewellery and furniture representing court life. Prior to Toronto, the exhibit had been on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
In 2011, General Idea’s two meter tall AIDS sculture was erected outside at the corner of Dundas West and Beverley Streets. This was the first comprehensive retrospective devoted to the collective.
In 2014, more than one hundred works from Mr. Colville were on display beginning in the summer. and gave graphic representation of his influence on Stanley Kubrick’s films.
The Grange is the original home of the Art Museum of Toronto. Believed to be the oldest standing brick building in Toronto, it faces out to Grange Park. Behind the Grange is the rear of the Art Gallery of Ontario, in glass and titanium.
Part of the permanent collection, this iconic image was created in 1917. It was the artist’s final painting: he drowned later that year.