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Wednesday, 5 July 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

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Tour of Public Art in the Macdonald Block Complex
Tour will begin at the 900 Bay Street lobby security desk / Visite commencera dans le hall bureau de sécurité 900, rue Bay
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The Macdonald Block, at the southwest corner of Bay and Wellesley, has a remarkable permanent collection of installations by Canadian artists from the 1960’s. At the time, the Provincial government wanted to do something extraordinary to celebrate Confederation and Ontario’s unique character. The result was the commission of 31 massive and striking tapestries, paintings, sculptures, metal and ceramic works of art now part of the Government of Ontario Art Collection. Join Lani Wilson, Curator of the Government of Ontario Art Collection for a tour of the first and second floors of Macdonald Block. Lani will discuss the collection, the artists, the commissioning process, the loan program, conservation challenges and the future of the works in the space.

The Government of Ontario Art Collection was the first publicly funded art collection in Canada. Dating from 1853, it currently numbers over 2,700 original works of art. Many of these works can be found in Ontario’s Legislative Buildings in Toronto and in ministries and government offices throughout the city. A significant number are also located in over 30 towns and cities across the province. Broad in scope and eclectic in nature, the collection is made up of historical and contemporary paintings, works on paper, indoor and outdoor sculpture, official portraits and antique furnishings and decorative objects. Click Here for details


L'édifice Macdonald, situé à l'angle sud-ouest de la baie et Wellesley, possède une collection permanente d'œuvres d'art remarquables d'artistes canadiens des années 1960. À l'époque, le gouvernement provincial voulait faire quelque chose d'extraordinaire pour célébrer le caractère unique de la Confédération et de l'Ontario. Le résultat a été la commission de 31 grandes et impressionnantes tapisseries, peintures, sculptures, métal et œuvres en céramique d'art qui fait maintenant partie du gouvernement de la collection d'art de l'Ontario. Joignez-vous à Lani Wilson, conservateur du la Collection d’œuvres d’art du gouvernement de l’Ontario pour une visite des premier et deuxième étages de l'édifice Macdonald. Lani discutera de la collection, les artistes, le processus de mise en service, le programme de prêts, les défis de conservation et de l'avenir des œuvres dans l'espace.

La Collection d’œuvres d’art du gouvernement de l’Ontario a été la première collection d’œuvres d’art au pays à être financée par les deniers publics. Datant de 1855, elle comprend actuellement près de 2 500 œuvres originales. Alors que la plus grande partie des œuvres se trouvent à Toronto, notamment dans l’Édifice de l’Assemblée législative et dans les édifices et bureaux ministériels du gouvernement, un nombre important d’entre elles sont installées dans une trentaine de villes ontariennes. De large envergure, la Collection se compose de peintures et d’œuvres d’art sur papier historiques et contemporaines, de sculptures installées à l’intérieur et à l’extérieur, de portraits, et d’anciens meubles et objets décoratifs.Cliquez ici pour plus de détails

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Macdonald Block Complex
900 Bay Street
Toronto, ON M5S

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

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