WAG Extends ‘Epic’ Olympus Exhibit to April 3

Winnipeg, Manitoba, February 23, 2016: Heralded by visitors as “epic,” “stunning,” and “a masterpiece,” the Winnipeg Art Gallery is extending Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin for an extra few weeks. Scheduled to run until March 6, the monumental show is being held over to April 3.

“The last time we had treasures like Olympus in Winnipeg was over fifty years ago with The Treasures of Tutankhamun, so this is really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Winnipeggers and all visitors,” says Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO and Project Manager for the exhibition. “The show is particularly important for kids and students as Olympus’ impact on curricular programming is unprecedented in our schools and universities, giving students an incredible opportunity to learn about ancient civilizations and cultures first hand.”

“Working with our partners in Berlin, we have the opportunity to extend Olympus by a few weeks and give the community more opportunity to see this celebrated collection of Greek and Roman art right here on the Prairies,” adds Borys.

Thousands of Manitobans have experienced the historic show, breaking a WAG record with over 10,000 child visits through school tours. Audiences are transported to the ancient world with over 160 Greek and Roman treasures, some over 2,000 years old. Visitors come face to face with the Olympian gods: Zeus, Venus, Athena, and more. These extraordinary works representing the artistic triumphs of two ancient civilizations are on loan from the prestigious Antikensammlung der Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Collection of Classical Antiquities of the National Museums in Berlin).

Also announced is a new series of exhibit-related programs offered for the extended run of Olympus:
Saturdays & Sundays • Drop-in Tours • Guided tours included with Gallery admission.
March 17Feast with Gods & Goddesses • Mediterranean dinner at TABLE Restaurant followed by an exhibit tour with Dr. Lea Sterling, University of Manitoba. Buy tickets in advance, the February Feast sold out!
March 20FREE LectureThe Writing on the Wall: Ancient Graffiti and Popular Culture with Dr. Rebecca Benefiel, Washington and Lee University. Presented by the University of Manitoba and the Archaeological Institute of America.
March 29-April 1 Spring Break Family Fusion • Have fun with hands-on activities and learn about the art with the whole family. Included with Gallery admission.
March 29-April 1Spring Break Art Camp for Kids • Campers aged 6-12 will view the art in Olympus, inspiring a host of projects for one day or the entire week.

The Greek and Italian communities in Manitoba have embraced Olympus, resulting in the WAG’s highest number of supporters to date for an exhibit.

Olympus represents more than just priceless artwork; it reminds us that a society fuelled with creativity, inquiry, and energy can still resonate many centuries later,” states Dr. Ernest Cholakis of Cholakis Dental Group, Olympus Title Sponsor.

Visitors are raving about the free audio tours in English and French, and the exciting series of viewports are a hit with all ages. Take it from Marc Mayer, Director of the National Gallery of Canada, who “loved how the show [uses] LEGO dioramas,” stating that Olympus is “one of the most wonderful shows in Canada.” Collect limited edition merchandise at Shop Olympus, the exclusive exhibition boutique, and watch for special sales over the final weeks.

Tickets: purchase in person at the WAG or online at olympus.wag.ca. Special rates are available for groups of 15 visitors and more.

Exhibition Partners: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and Musées de la civilisation.

Title Sponsor Cholakis Dental Group; Presenting Sponsor Border Glass & Aluminum; Supported by Government of Canada/Avec l’appui du gouvernement du Canada; Major Sponsors Anonymous Donor, Johnston Group; Benefactor Sponsors The Winnipeg Foundation, Friesens Corporation; Patron Sponsors Minerva Painting & Decorating, Gillis Quarries; Premium Supporters Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, STORM Catering, Red River Cooperative Ltd., The McCain Foundation, HUT K, Inn at The Forks, The Fort Garry Hotel, KPMG; Supporters The Embassy and Consulates of the Federal Republic of Germany to Canada, Manitoba Public Insurance, Alpha Masonry Ltd., The Asper Foundation, The Jewish Foundation, W.H.& S.E. Loewen Foundation, Banville & Jones Wine Co., Broadway Florists; Media Sponsors Winnipeg Free Press, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, CBC Manitoba and Radio-Canada Manitoba (Audio Tour Sponsor/Partenaire parcours audio), CTV, Virgin 103.1, CJOB, Travel Manitoba, Tourism Winnipeg, Winnipeg Airport Authority, Prairie Public Broadcasting, Classic 107; Creative Partners Doowah Design, Visual Lizard.

For Olympus news, events, and programming, visit olympus.wag.ca, and for the latest updates, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube #OlympusWPG.

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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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