Art Gallery of Ontario Reno

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Much has been said recently about the “cultural revolution” sweeping through Toronto these days.  Basically what it comes down to is the fact that both the ROM and the AGO were being renovated this summer.  I’m not sure if that qualifies as a revolution, but they are two pretty prominent cultural landmarks in the city.  The new Michael Lee Chin Crystal at the ROM is pretty outstanding, at least from the outside.  The usefulness of the space within is another story.  They should have just made the whole thing an open space and had a really lavish entryway like Pei’s Pyramid at the Louvre in Paris.  Regarding the Art Gallery of Ontario, the design is being done by none other than Toronto native and international architectural legend, Frank Gehry – best known for designing the titanium-covered Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and other weird important buildings around the world.  Apparently, Gehry’s original idea was much more lavish and expansive, but was scaled down because of complaints from people in the surrounding neighbourhood.  Personally, I think it looks like a new Costco is going up with a skeleton-like structure slapped on the front.  The good thing about this project, however, (as well as what makes it distinct from the ROM) is that Gehry’s design process begins with a building program, which is a list of the functional requirements of a building.  At least this space will be useful.  I guess we’ll have to wait and see if the glass + wood sculpture gallery and the box-like contemporary arts gallery clad in blue titanium will be “revolutionary.”  Check out some pictures I took while snooping around the construction site:

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One Response to “Art Gallery of Ontario Reno”

  1. stephanie Says:

    The AGO got a facelift in the early 90’s, didn’t it? Wish they would just give up and go back to the original white cubes, get some integrity instead of fucking around again.

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