The art gallery of Ontario is located in the east of the downtown Chinatown district of Toronto on the corner of Dundas Street and McCaul streets. The art gallery of Ontario is the 8th largest art museum in North America.
The museum was established in the year 1900 by some private citizens. It was founded with the name 'Art Museum of Toronto' but in 1919 it was again named as the 'art gallery of Toronto'. In the year 1966 the museum was finally named as Art Gallery of Ontario. Since its foundation several additions have been made to the museum building. In 2004 the art gallery of Ontario introduced a $ 194 million expansion plan. This transformation has increased 47% art viewing space. The newly constructed building includes a wooden and glass sculpture in the north Dundas Street. It also has one 4 storey art gallery in a box like structure.
Permanent Collections: The museum’s permanent collection includes over 66,000 artworks beginning from 1st century to modern day. The museum also comprises an extensive collection of Canadian artworks describing the development history of Canada, beginning from pre confederation till the present day. A visit to the museum reveals that maximum artworks in the gallery are by the Canadian artists. The museum comprises an exclusive collection of European art by some renowned artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso
and Edgar Degas. Other than these the art gallery of Ontario also has a leading collection African art. The contemporary art collections of the gallery depict the modern artistic progress in U.S.A, Canada and Europe, through the works of Jenny Holzer, Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg.
The museum is having most of Henry Moore’s sculpture works including the famous bronze work “Two Large Forms”. This has been kept at the entrance attracting the first view of the visitors. Due to its permanent collections the Art Gallery of Ontario is recognized for its most distinguished art collections. The museum is admired as a place where great artworks are sheltered and celebrated.
Present Scenario: The new building of Art Gallery of Ontario is really astonishing. This building has been designed by Frank Gehry. The proper address of the new building is 317 Dundas Street West Toronto, Ontario Canada, M5T 1G4. The common gallery hours are from Wednesday to Sunday (Wednesday 12 noon to 9:00 pm, Thursday 12:00 to 9:00 pm., Friday 12:00 to 9:00 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 5:30 pm.)