My Daily Art

It’s Friday, and the WAG is planning to reopen next week after a seven-week closure.

It’s also Day #44 in my series. I’m not really into number symbolism but for many 44 is a good one. Considered a master number, it represents balance and achievement; and for numerologists, it expresses strength and stability, not to mention the four directions and the four elements.

So for my final posts, I want to end on a high note, a foundation note – looking to what’s shining on the horizon. It’s actually rising up right next to the WAG: the Inuit Art Centre, scheduled to open at the end of this year.

It is Michael Maltzan’s first building in Canada, and one of his most inspired and reflective designs. It embraces Indigenous art, connects the north and south, engages the community around us, completes the WAG campus, and offers a solution for the new museum.

From an international competition attracting 65 submissions from 13 countries, the national jury chaired by George Baird was unanimous in selecting the LA architect, Michael Maltzan. And with that Michael and I set out on a journey, beginning with visits to some of the most acclaimed museum designs today; and then to the North, the far North.

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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