Art Gallery of Ontario Is Held up by Colored Pencils

Art Gallery of Ontario

Recently visited the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto. When visiting the upper floors I didn’t realize that we were in this little box held up by “sticks”. Amazing to me that a structure like that can be held up by just a few supports.

From Wikipedia:

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGOFrenchMusée des beaux-arts de l’Ontario) is an art museum in TorontoOntario, Canada. The museum is located in the Grange Park neighbourhood of downtown Toronto, on Dundas Street West between McCaul and Beverley Streets.

Its collection includes over 98,000 works spanning the first century to the present day.[4] The museum collection includes a number works from Canadian, First NationsInuit, African, European, and Oceanic artists. In addition to exhibits for its collection, the museum has organized and hosted a number of travelling arts exhibitions. The museum’s building complex takes up 45,000 square metres (480,000 sq ft) of physical space, making it one of the largest art museums in North America.

The institution was established in 1900 as the Art Museum of Toronto, and formally incorporated in 1903. It was renamed to the Art Gallery of Toronto in 1919, before it adopted its present name, the Art Gallery of Ontario, in 1966. The museum acquired the Grange in 1911, and later undertook several expansions to the north and west of the structure. The first series of expansions occurred in 1918, 1924, and 1935, designed by Darling and Pearson. Since 1974, the gallery has undergone four major expansions and renovations. These expansions occurred in 1974 and 1977 by John C. Parkin, and 1993 by Barton Myers and KPMB Architects. From 2004 to 2008, the museum underwent another expansion by Frank Gehry. The museum complex saw further renovations in the 2010s by KPMB, and Hariri Pontarini Architects.

In addition to display galleries, the museum houses a library, learning spaces, gallery workshop space, an artist-in-residence office and studio, café, espresso bar, research centre, theatre and lecture hall, a restaurant, gift shop, and an event space called Baillie Court, which occupies the entirety of the third floor of the south tower.