Take an Architectural Tour of the Winnipeg Art Gallery

 

Built in 1971, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is regarded as one of the finest late-modernist buildings in the country. Join architectural historian Susan Algie from the Winnipeg Architectural Foundation for an in-depth tour and learn about the architect, the design, and the history of this important structure. The tour will take place at 2pm on Sunday, November 4 and 25. Included with Gallery admission. Please call 786.6641 ext. 227 or send an email to nfletcher@wag.ca to reserve your spot.

As mid-century buildings age and hit the 50 year mark, the concept of “modernist heritage” is becoming more important. The tour will examine the state of preservation of Winnipeg’s modernist buildings, situating the Winnipeg Art Gallery building in its architectural context and look at the role architecture has played in rejuvenating Winnipeg’s downtown since the 1970s. When designing the WAG building, Gustavo da Roza (Number Ten Architecture group) drew inspiration from the triangular piece of land on which it sits. Its unusual shape and gleaming Tyndall stone exterior made it a landmark in downtown Winnipeg.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is grateful for the support of the following Centennial sponsors: BMO Financial Group, The Winnipeg Foundation, the Department of Canadian Heritage, TD Bank, James Richardson & Sons Ltd., MTS Allstream, Johnston Group, Air Canada, RBC Royal Bank, PACART, Great-West Life, Friesens, Manitoba Culture Heritage and Tourism, City of Winnipeg, Investors Group, Scotiabank, Volunteer Associates of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Storm Bistro, Manitoba Lotteries Corporation, Ernst & Young, Fort Garry Hotel, KPMG, Lawton Partners, Loewen, Parrish & Heinbecker, Aikins Law, AON, Cambrian Credit Union, Manitoba Blue Cross, National Leasing, CP Loewen, North West Company, NRG Management. Media sponsors: Winnipeg Free Press, CTV, CBC, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, 103.1 Virgin Radio, 99.9 BOB FM, Doowah Design, Visual Lizard, Esdale Printing, Radio-Canada, Travel Manitoba, Tourism Winnipeg, Midcan Production Technologies. 

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery is celebrating its Centennial year with an unparalleled series of exhibitions, programs, and events promoting the power of art in life. As Manitoba's leading art museum, the WAG is home to over 26,000 works of art spanning ten centuries, including the world's preeminent collection of contemporary Inuit art.

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For information, please contact:
Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Communications and Marketing
204.789.1767
communications-manager@wag.ca


Heather Mousseau
Communications Coordinator
204.786.6641, ext 211
communications-coordinator@wag.ca

 

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