One of the many things I love about living in Toronto is that there is so much diversity. Diversity in people, diversity of cultures and more recently – diversity in art.
The arts play a vital role in the cultural life of the city and this weekend marked the end of the much lauded Mystical Landscapes exhibition – a temporary exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) which renowned for showcasing several world class art exhibitions.
Mystical Landscapes has been extremely popular with the Toronto community, so much so that it was extended (originally due to end on January 29, 2017) before being shipped off to the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.
Bringing together masterpieces from world-class international artists including Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin and Edvard Munch as well as several Canadian artists including Tom Thomson, Lawren Harris and Emily Carr, the Mystical Landscapes exhibit – which was created in collaboration with the Musee d’Orsay in Paris – delves into mysticism and the search for spirituality and a belief that something much bigger than ourselves – still exists in this increasingly cold and troubled modern world.
I was lucky enough to catch the exhibit on the final day with my awesome friend Jenny…
Needless to say, It. Was. SPECTACULAR!
I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to escape the snow and spend some time appreciating several iconic pieces including Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night Over the Rhone’, Emily Carr’s “Sky” and Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ and some many other incredible pieces up close. Here are a few of my favourites (although these pictures don’t do them justice!)
Missed the exhibit? Check out this video for an exclusive look at the exhibition with AGO Curator, Dr. Katharine Lochnan.