Edward Burtynsky at Qili Port, Zhejiang Province, 2005.

Edward Burtynsky at Qili Port, Zhejiang Province, 2005. Photo © 2008 Noah Weinzweig

Edward Burtynsky On Site: Transformation AGO

1st series: November 14, 2008 – February 8, 2009; 2nd series: February 10 – April 26, 2009


The work of award-winning Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky is internationally acclaimed. For more than 25 years, Burtynsky has documented the connections between land, industry, technology and architecture. His approach to monumental construction sites – such as the AGO – reveals the beauty and complexity of the process by which urban structures develop.

Burtynsky’s powerful depictions of global, industrial landscapes are part of the collections of more than 50 museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Bibliothèque nationale in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Burtynsky holds three honourary doctorates and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

In spring 2009, the AGO and Merrell Publishers will co-publish Frank Gehry in Toronto: Transforming the Art Gallery of Ontario, which features photographs by Edward Burtynsky and essays by Robert Fulford, Larry Wayne Richards and Matthew Teitelbaum.

Edward Burtynsky On Site: Transformation AGO is on view at the AGO’s Young Gallery – a free, ground floor,contemporary art space that connects viewers and artists in fresh and excitingways.

Young Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm
  • Sunday: 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • Closed on Monday


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