A $60-MILLION EXPANSION, PLUS A 6-FLOOR TOWER FOR ‘THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO’ MAY SOON BE REAL

The A.G.O. is looking for proposals to house Contemporary Art in one of Canada’s largest art galleries, just below The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.  The A.G.O.’s street-level building in downtown Toronto will enclose a 55,000-square-foot expansion. On top of that the new tower will surround galleries of Contemporary Art on six levels. Manager of Public Relations, Andrea-Jo-Wilson said “The AGO needs more space to showcase works and to create opportunities for public engagement and learning. For the record, the AGO’s collection has grown by 20,210 works of art in the past 5 years.” Two other art-museum expansions are in the works right now – The Vancouver Art Gallery and The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia are in the process of designing expanded facilities.  <From Alex Bozikovic, Architect Critic, Globe and Mail. The photos are from Ellis Don.> 

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