Edgar Degas, L’orchestre de l’Opéra

Edgar Degas, L’orchestre de l’Opéra. Around 1870. Oil on canvas. Courtesy Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

Drama and Desire: Artists and the Theatre

July 9 - September 26, 2010


Step onstage and experience art inspired by the theatre in Drama & Desire: Artists and the Theatre. See masterworks by Degas, David, Toulouse-Lautrec. Delacroix and more – from the world’s greatest museums, including the Louvre, the Met, the Tate and the Musée d'Orsay.


Stage Props and Theatrical Effects

Artists and the Theatre

Guest Designer Gerard Gauci

How to Install a Priceless Work of Art in 60 Seconds or Less!

Live Performances in Drama and Desire


Art and Theatre from the French Revolution to the First World War

This magnum opus, exploring the relationship between art and theatre during the "long" nineteenth century, accompanies an international exhibition traveling from Marseille to Rovereto, then Toronto.

Edited by Guy Cogeval and Beatrice Avanzi

Paperback 408 pages, 9.5 x 12 inches


Drama and Desire, Art and Theatre from the French Revolution to the First World War



The Toronto Star: Lust and Murder at the AGO by Martin Knelman

Rogers TV: Katharine Lochnan talks Drama & Desire on Daytime Toronto

The Globe and Mail: The art gallery as theatre by James Adams 

The National Post: AGO's Drama & Desire exhibit sees theatre invading the gallery by Mark Medley

The Toronto Star: Curtain rises on fine art by Richard Ouzounian


Supported by

The Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Travelling Exhibitions Indemnification Program /

Avec l'appui du ministère du Patrimoine canadien par le biais du Programme d'indemnisation pour les expositions intinérantes au Canada

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