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The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1971. Gustavo da Roza, architect.

Fittingly, the main entrance hall of the WAG is named in honour of Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt (1902-1995), the visionary WAG director that ushered the Gallery into its modern age, and was the force behind the construction of the new building.

Responding to this formidable vision, architect Gustavo da Roza designed a stunning suite of modern spaces and vistas in the 1971 building, beginning with the entrance hall.

Dressed in Manitoba limestone (called Tyndall stone), the sweeping floor and soaring walls merge to create a breathtaking gathering and exhibition space. Installing art in a stone-clad hall has its challenges but rarely when it comes to a monumental canvas by Frank Stella or a suite of paintings by Wanda Koop.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1971. Gustavo da Roza, architect. 

The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1971. Gustavo da Roza, architect.

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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