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Art Gallery of Ontario
Art museum in Toronto
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Art Gallery of Ontario
Art museum in Toronto
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317 Dundas Street West
Toronto
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The Art Gallery of Ontario features key Canadian works, a Gehry contribution, and a special guest appearance by Peter Paul Rubens.

One of the largest art museums in North America, the Art Gallery of Ontario plays host to a range of collections, from signature Canadian works by the Group of Seven and pre-Confederation Inuits to contemporary pieces by Cindy Sherman and Gerhard Richter. It was brought to life in 1900 by a small group of nine individuals and now holds more than 90,000 works of art in its collection.

In 2002, Ken Thomson (of the digital media empire, Thompson Co.) donated 2,000 artworks from his collection to the AGO. One of these artworks was a masterpiece by Peter Paul Rubens called The Massacre of the Innocents, which henceforth became the museum's most prized possession—and oft-repeated term on their About page.

Since wealthy gifts beget wealthy rewards (for private institutions, at least), the AGO commissioned Frank Gehry to design an expansion to the museum that would house all of Thompson's fabulous collection. The Transformation AGO was completed in 2008 and opened to a deluge of architectural praise that, for Gehry, must have been old news by then. Highlights of the extension include a spiral staircase resembling poorly-served chocolate soft-serve and a gleaming hall of wood and glass the length of an entire city block.

Hopefully, though, you'll spend just as much time admiring the impressive combination of architectural mediums as you will their vast collection of artistic ones.

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  1. "About the AGO." AGO Art Gallery of Ontario. http://www.ago.net/about-the-ago.