WAG Bids Farewell to Record-Setting Olympus

Winnipeg, Manitoba, April 26, 2016: The Winnipeg Art Gallery bids farewell to the gods and goddesses of Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections from Berlin. The held over exhibition closed to record-setting levels of school outreach and partnerships. Olympus transported audiences to the ancient world with over 160 Greek and Roman treasures from the celebrated Antikensammlung der Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Collection of Classical Antiquities of the National Museums in Berlin).

More than 50,000 visitors experienced the historic show, including an unprecedented response from education groups. Olympus brought in record numbers of school kids for the WAG with more than 10,000 visits, and enriched 20-plus university courses taught around the collection. Under the honorary patronage of three ambassadors and the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and with the support of Title Sponsor Cholakis Dental Group and many other partners, the transatlantic project garnered the WAG its highest number of supporters to date for an exhibit.

“The WAG is proud to have given Manitoba its first major antiquities exhibition in over half a century,” says Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO and Olympus Project Manager. “The educational impact of Olympus is extraordinary, and we are grateful to the National Museums in Berlin for entrusting the WAG with their priceless collection for the benefit of all our visitors. We thank our partners for making this rare exhibit possible and are excited about all the new connections Olympus has spurred.”

Olympus was an incredible exhibition of priceless artwork and Cholakis Dental Group was honoured, as Title Sponsor, to play a role in making it available to the community," states Dr. Ernest Cholakis, Cholakis Dental Group.

In a unique partnership, the WAG and the Musées de la civilisation in Quebec were the only two venues in North America to present the prized collection. Applauded by visitors as “epic,” “stunning,” and “a masterpiece,” Olympus offered something for everyone, from LEGO viewports and summer camps for kids to classical drawing classes and in-depth lectures with scholars.

A team of conservators from Germany arrived last Monday to spend two weeks packing up the show. The WAG is busy preparing for the opening of six exhibitions in May and June. The diverse program includes Winnipeg's own Karel Funk, modern pioneer Marc Chagall, Inuit carver Oviloo Tunnillie, Prairie Surrealist Esther Warkov, and Qua’yuk tchi’gae’win: Making Good, acknowledging the residential school systems experience. For more, visit wag.ca.

Olympus Honorary Patrons: His Excellency Werner Franz Wnendt, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Canada; His Excellency Gian Lorenzo Cornado, Ambassador of the Italian Republic to Canada; His Excellency George Marcantonatos, Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic to Canada; and the Honourable Shelly Glover.

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.

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