WAG Offers $5 Friday Nights this July

Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 30, 2015: The Winnipeg Art Gallery is pleased to offer $5 admission every Friday night for the month of July 2015. From 5-9pm, visitors will have access to all the galleries for this reduced fee, including the WAG’s summer blockbuster exhibition Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin.

“The Winnipeg Art Gallery is always looking for ways to engage more members of the community,” states Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO. “Five dollar Friday nights enable more people to visit the WAG and experience our outstanding summer line-up, from Zeus, Athena, and Venus in Olympus to Ron Mueck’s five-metre long baby to Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven, featuring some of the WAG’s most popular Canadian paintings.”

On view all summer, Olympus is Manitoba’s first major exhibition of classical antiquities in over half a century, bringing visitors face to face with over 160 ancient Greek and Roman treasures from one of the most important collections in the world. Olympus also includes newly opened viewports built by the Manitoba LEGO® Users Group, which are delighting visitors of all ages.

The idealized human forms found in Olympus provide an interesting juxtaposition with the hyper-realistic sculpture in NGC@WAG: Ron Mueck. In this moving exhibition, the famed contemporary artist who got his start as a puppet maker comments on the cycle of life with an enormous newborn baby girl and a shrinking old woman, along with resin maquettes, sketches, and other intriguing preparatory materials.

Several new permanent collection exhibitions appeal to diverse interests. Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven features landscape paintings by the iconic group that have become symbols of a distinctly Canadian cultural identity. More Canadian perspectives are seen in The Modernist Tradition, 1900-1950, highlighting paintings, sculptures, and photographs that together demonstrate the new creative directions seen in the first half of the 20th century. The WAG’s celebrated collection of contemporary Inuit art is showcased in The George & Tannis Richardson Collection of Inuit Sculpture. Ongoing exhibitions include Wanda Koop: VIEW from HERE, American Abstraction, and more.

Tickets to Olympus may be purchased online at olympus.wag.ca or at the WAG front desk. For the latest updates, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram #OLYMPUSWPG.

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media & Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery
204.789.1767
Media-Manager@wag.ca

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate – a lens and forum – helping people see and experience more through art. Playing a vital role in the community, engaging and enriching people of all ages and backgrounds through art and culture, the Winnipeg Art Gallery thrives as a creative, innovative, and accessible place for learning, discovery, and inspiration.

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