Authored by: Nicole Fletcher on July 15, 2013
After going to see 100 Masters several times now I have compiled some helpful hints for those of you who have not seen the exhibition yet.
Eat before you go: It's really no fun to be three-quarters through the exhibition and so hungry that you have to rush through the last couple galleries! To grab a bite to eat, there are some great restaurants in the area or there is Storm Bistro on the penthouse level of the gallery.
Leave plenty of time: I've gone through 100 Masters three times with family and friends and each time it's taken me about two hours. At this pace you can spend some time on the works that interest you but not read every label and listen to every audio guide stop. People also tend to get gallery-fatigue after two hours.
Take the audio guide: The audio guide is great and it is included with the price of admission! Listen to some of the kids' audio guide segments as well, they're fun and shed a different light on the works. I like to use headphones with the audio guide. They are available at the audio guide desk or you can bring your own.
Wear comfortable clothes: Most importantly, wear comfortable shoes! Ladies, although stilettos may look nice, it's much more enjoyable to stand for long periods wearing flats or sneakers. Also, I find it fairly chilly in the galleries so I'd suggest bringing a light jacket.
See the other galleries: We have a great Permanent Collection at the WAG and some of it is on display in Galleries 1 through 3. Spend a little time in these galleries after you visit 100 Masters to see other works by some of the artists in the exhibition (Kurelek, Krieghoff, Colville, Forrestall, Morrisseau, and Cranach to name a few) and the work of their contemporaries.
For anyone else who has already spent some time in the exhibition, what other tips would you recommend? Please leave any comments or questions below!
Nicole Fletcher works in the Education and Communications departments at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and is in the Joint Masters Program at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg.