WAG Launches Winter Programs Inspired by Olympus

Catch this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition before it leaves Winnipeg

Winnipeg, Manitoba, January 12, 2016: The Winnipeg Art Gallery is offering an outstanding line up of winter programming related to the Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin exhibition. From fascinating talks and hands-on family activities to a Mediterranean dinner-and-tour, there are many ways to experience the prized collection of antiquities. On view until March 6, Olympus is a rare opportunity to see ancient Greek and Roman treasures on the prairies with over 160 works from the National Museums in Berlin: marble statues and reliefs, bronze statuettes, terracotta vases, and jewellery, some over 2,000 years old!

“Olympus has triggered an exciting series of programs for all ages,” states Rachel Baerg, WAG Head of Education. “Bringing to life two ancient civilizations, the works included in Olympus link directly to so much that has come to define the heartbeat of modern culture, offering endless topics to explore. We’re proud to feature many talented speakers and innovative programming in the final weeks of this historic exhibition.”

Drop-in Tours
Saturdays and Sundays through Mar 6, 2pm • FREE with Gallery admission.

Feast with Gods & Goddesses
6pm • Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Three-course Mediterranean dinner at TABLE Restaurant, followed by a special Aphrodite-themed tour. Tickets at wag.ca/events.
Jan 21, Feb 14 • Love in the Ancient World with Olympus Project Curator Angeliki Bogiati.

Adult Programs

2-4pm • FREE • Discussions led by local antiquity experts.
Jan 17, It’s Really Roman and You Can Touch It with Dr. Lea Stirling, University of Manitoba.
Feb 28, Do No Harm, Medical Ethics and Religion in Ancient Greece with Dr. Tyson Sukava, University of Winnipeg.

Art for Lunch
12-1pm • Bite-sized programs over the lunch hour. Talks and tours are free with Gallery admission. Videos are free.
Jan 27, Lecture: Unmasking Greek Tragedy, Dr. Allison Surtees and Dr. Jane Cahill, University of Winnipeg.
Feb 17, BBC Video: Meet the Romans: All Roads Lead to Rome.

Distinguished Lecture Series
2pm • FREE • Featuring local and visiting scholars.
Jan 31, Craft and Craftiness: Cunning Agencies in Greek Art with Dr. Lisa Landrum, University of Manitoba.

Art & Soul: Clash of the Titans
Feb 20 • 8pm-2am • Party with the gods from the heights of Mount Olympus to the depths of the underworld. Tickets at artandsoul.wag.ca or at the WAG front desk.

Family Programs
Olympus Odyssey
FREE • Self-guided tour and activity booklet with looking and drawing activities. For kids aged 6 to 12.

Series of viewports with animated myths from ancient Greek vases, and impressive panoramas created by the Manitoba LEGO® Users Group.

Audio Tour
FREE • Available in English and French and generously provided by CBC Manitoba and Radio-Canada Manitoba.

For more about Olympus and to purchase tickets, visit olympus.wag.ca, and for the latest updates, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. #OlympusWPG. See further WAG events and programs offered this winter at wag.ca.

The WAG is grateful to Cholakis Dental Group, Olympus Title Sponsor for their support.

LEGO®, the LEGO logo, DUPLO, the Brick and Knob configuration, and the Minifigure are trademarks of The LEGO Group which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this building event.

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For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media & Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Tammy Sawatzky
Public Relations Coordinator
Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate – a lens and forum – helping people see and experience more through art. Playing a vital role in the community, engaging and enriching people of all ages and backgrounds through art and culture, the Winnipeg Art Gallery thrives as a creative, innovative, and accessible place for learning, discovery and inspiration.



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