The AGO is re-opening! On July 21, we will be welcoming you back with open arms (but from a safe physical distance, of course).
Pending final confirmation from the Province and Toronto Public Health, the Gallery will safely open under the public health regulations of Step 3 of the Ontario Roadmap to Reopen. Preparations have been underway for weeks, with the health and safety of our employees and visitors always our very top priority.
There could be no better way to celebrate this happy moment than with the blockbuster of the summer! Opening on July 21 is the must-see exhibition of the Pop art phenomenon, Andy Warhol.
Charting more than four decades of artmaking in the life of one of the world’s most famous artists, the exhibition features more than 250 artworks including paintings, drawings, photographs, films and installations.
Captivating the world with his provocative images and collaborations, Warhol funnelled his beliefs and desires into his art as he transformed himself from a shy, gay man from an immigrant background to an international phenom. Alongside iconic portraits of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Dolly Parton, Karen Kain, Wayne Gretzky and Elizabeth Taylor, the exhibition includes Warhol’s psychedelic multimedia environment Exploding Plastic Inevitable (1966), as well as an installation of his floating metallic pillows, entitled Silver Clouds.
Timed-entry tickets are on sale now, and the AGO Community (Members and Annual Passholders) see it first. A Members window runs from July 21 – 25. Annual Passholders are eligible to join Members to see it as of July 24, and the exhibition opens to single-ticket visitors on July 27. There’s no better time to become a Member or Annual Passholder. For more information on how to join the AGO Community, visit tickets.ago.ca. AGO Members and Annual Passholders will be contacted imminently about extensions.
Also opening July 21 are several new art exhibitions, including Ben Woolfitt: Rhythms and Series; Meditation and the Medieval Mind; and Shuvinai Ashoona: Beyond the Visible. shopAGO’s on-site store will re-open that same day, and visitors are invited to experience AGO Bistro’s brand new patio, located at the corner of Dundas St. West and McCaul St. Visit shop.ago.ca and AGO.ca/ago-bistro anytime for details, including menus and hours. café AGO, the Espresso Bar in Galleria Italia and the Norma Ridley Members’ Lounge remain temporarily closed.
How to Visit
The AGO takes safety very seriously, and will strictly adhere to all public health regulations. Everyone entering the Gallery over the age of two must wear a mask or face covering, and physical distancing will be required. Visitors are encouraged to visit and review our reopening web page for more information and helpful FAQs, and to self-assess before visiting the Gallery.
Advance purchase or reservation of a timed ticket is required for entry to the AGO, including General Admission. A limited number of tickets is available for each 15-minute timeslot in order to help control the flow of visitors.
Following its re-opening week (which begins on a Wednesday), the AGO will resume its regular weekly hours of operation from Tuesday to Sunday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Gallery closes at 5:00 pm on Tuesday & Thursday; 5:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday and 9:00 pm on Wednesday & Friday. Free Wednesday Nights return on July 21, with a limited number of free General Admission tickets released on the AGO website each Monday. For more information visit ago.ca.
Andy Warhol is organized by Tate Modern, London, in collaboration with Museum Ludwig, Cologne, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. It is curated by Gregor Muir, Director of Collection, International Art, and Fiontán Moran, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern; and Yilmaz Dziewior, Director, and Stephan Diederich, Curator, Collection of Twentieth-Century Art, Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Curated at Art Gallery of Ontario by Kenneth Brummel, Associate Curator, Modern Art.