My Daily Art

Turning from the WAG collection to the architecture behind the art, I wanted to feature some of the spaces of what is considered one of Canada’s most celebrated late modernist buildings.

The 1971 limestone-clad triangular edifice, designed by Gustavo da Roza, was the third but first purpose-built structure for the Gallery, which was established in 1912. Over the last fifty years, the Gallery has been photographed many times from this same angle – looking south from the roof of the Hudson’s Bay Company building.

And other than the changing models of cars, fashions of pedestrians, or the surrounding built environment captured in the succession of building portraits, the WAG remains remarkably timeless, a much sought-after attribute of good architecture. By far, it’s the largest artwork in the Gallery’s permanent collection.



While the WAG is temporarily closed, this series of posts from Director & CEO, Dr. Stephen Borys, shares an artwork from the collection every day until the Gallery reopens. Follow along on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, or visit our stories section for this and more WAG@Home content.



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