The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) announces its plans to safely reopen, following public health and government of Ontario guidelines.
The gallery will open in stages: On July 2, the AGO will open to Members and Annual Pass Holders who book timed-entry tickets in advance. Members can book tickets starting June 25 and Annual Pass holders can book starting June 26.
Not a Member or an Annual Pass Holder? Not a problem. Purchase one online, or if you are aged 25 and under, sign up for free, before booking your time to visit the gallery.
On July 16, the public can purchase timed-entry single tickets in advance, and start visiting on July 23.
“I know I speak for everyone at the AGO when I say we are thrilled to be welcoming people back,” says Stephan Jost, Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO of the AGO. “The team has been working hard to ensure that the visitor experience will be a safe, yet engaging one. I invite everyone to get out and reconnect with art. As we slowly get back to our new sense of normal, art can help lift our spirits, support our wellbeing, spark conversation and strengthen friendships.”
Preparations to reopen the AGO have been underway for weeks, with the health and safety of employees, volunteers and visitors a top priority. Everyone entering the AGO over the age of four will be required to wear a face mask and social distancing measures have been implemented. A limited number of tickets are available for each 30-minute timeslot to help control the flow of visitors entering the gallery.
Three levels of the AGO will be open on July 2, including the J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous & Canadian Art, The Thomson Collection of European Art, the Thomson Collection of Canadian Art and the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre.
COVID-19 has had an impact on exhibition planning at museums around the world, and exhibition schedules at the AGO have been adjusted.
Originally scheduled to close in May, the AGO’s special exhibitions Diane Arbus, Photographs: 1956-1971 and Illusions: The Art of Magic have been extended until Nov. 8..
Haegue Yang: Emergence, originally scheduled to open on April 30, will now open in September. Renowned for her moveable sculptures, Emergence highlights twenty-five years of art making by the acclaimed South Korean artist, including two new installations commissioned by the AGO: a large-scale venetian blind work in the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Sculpture Atrium and a mural-like wallpaper at the AGO’s South Entrance.
Andy Warhol, organised by Tate Modern, London in collaboration with Museum Ludwig, Cologne, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto and the Denver Art Museum, will open in spring of 2021.
I am Here: Home Movies and Everyday Masterpieces will open in spring of 2021.
The culmination of a multi-year international research project, Picasso: Painting the Blue Period will now open in Toronto in the fall of 2021. Organized in partnership with the Phillips Collection, Washington D.C., the exhibition will bring together more than 80 works by Picasso from 12 countries.
While group courses, tours and programs, including the Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre, remain suspended, the AGO will continue to bring free talks, performances, tours and art-making experiences to visitors virtually at www.ago.ca. The AGO is committed to maintaining an increased online presence to build upon the digital engagement enjoyed by thousands since we closed our doors to the public.
The AGO’s reopening plans are guided by government and public health officials and are designed to remain responsive. Decisions about when and how the AGO will welcome more visitors, and resume its popular free Wednesday nights, will be made in the coming weeks. Visitors are encouraged to visit and review the reopening web page for more information and helpful FAQs.
The AGO will be open every Thursday thru Sunday, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information on how and when to book timed-entry tickets, visit AGO.ca.