The Ontario economy is slowly reopening and another Toronto attraction has announced its re-opening plans. Arts and culture lovers like me are thrilled about the upcoming AGO reopening on July 21, 2021, pending final confirmation from the Province of Ontario and Toronto Public Health. The Art Gallery of Ontario will re-open with a bang, featuring the Andy Warhol blockbuster exhibit, several new exhibitions, and a new patio.
Andy Warhol features more than 250 of the artist’s works from four decades. Paintings, drawings, photographs, films, and installations will be on display from one of the world’s most recognizable artists. Providing a commentary on consumer culture, Warhol famously incorporated a popular household item (the Campbell’s soup can) into a bold and innovative painting. Warhol is also very well known for his screen prints of Marilyn Monroe and Mick Jagger.
The AGO’s Assistant Curator Kenneth Brummel collaborated with the Tate Modern and Museum Ludwig, Cologne to bring this international collaboration to Toronto. At Andy Warhol at the AGO, you’ll see Andy Warhol’s famous portraits of Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Wayne Gretzky, Karen Kain, and Elizabeth Taylor, along with Warhol’s other works and experimental installations.
AGO Members can see Andy Warhol from July 21-25, 2021. Annual Passholders are eligible to see the exhibit beginning July 24, 2021, and the exhibition opens to single-ticket visitors on July 27, 2021.
New Patio at the AGO
After seeing Andy Warhol at the AGO, check out the new patio space for AGO Bistro at the corner of Dundas and McCaul Streets. The patio will be open effective July 21, 2021. Some of the items on the menu include:
- Mezze Plate, $20 – Herbed falafels, tahini, burst cherry tomatoes, marinated eggplant, chopped salad, grilled pita
- BBQ Half-Chicken, $21 – Grey County honey chili glazed, fries or salad
- Avocado Kimchi Club, $18 – Bacon, avocado, kimchi, tomato, bibb lettuce, challah, fries, or salad.
Café AGO, the Espresso Bar in Galleria Italia, and the Norma Ridley Members’ Lounge remain temporarily closed. Capacity limits, screening, and contact tracing measures will be in place.
New Exhibitions at the AGO
Visitors will also get the chance to see several new exhibitions including Ben Woolfitt: Rhythms and Series; Meditation and the Medieval Mind; and Shuvinai Ashoona: Beyond the Visible. For more details about these, in addition to ongoing exhibitions such as the video installation Ragnar Kjartansson: Death is Elsewhere, visit ago.ca/exhibitions.
Tickets for Andy Warhol at the AGO
Advance purchase or reservation of a timed ticket is required for all entry to the AGO, including General Admission. A limited number of tickets is available for each 15-minute timeslot in order to help control the flow of visitors.
Admission is free for AGO Members, Annual Pass holders, and all visitors ages 25 and under. Single tickets are $25 per person. Purchase tickets online at the AGO.