WAG to Offer Free Admission on Louis Riel Day

Winnipeg, February 12, 2013: The Winnipeg Art Gallery is offering free admission from 11am to 5pm on Louis Riel Day, Monday, February 18, in honour of its Centennial.

“The WAG is normally closed on Mondays,” says Executive Director Stephen Borys, “but we are celebrating our 100th birthday and we want to be the one giving the presents. Whether our visitors like Old Masters, contemporary photography, Inuit sculpture, decorative art, whatever, I guarantee they will see something that truly appeals to them. And, quite possibly, something they never thought they’d like that absolutely grabs them. That’s the power of art, it opens one’s mind and eyes to something new and unexpected.”

The highlight exhibition on view on Louis Riel Day is Creation & Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art.  It’s a fascinating look at the history of Inuit art over the past six decades—artistic developments, influential artists, new media. The 115 artworks—sculpture, prints, drawings, textile art—are drawn from the WAG’s Inuit art collection. The WAG has been collecting Inuit art since 1957 and now has the largest collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world.

The Gallery will also be open the following days in 2013: Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, August Civic Holiday, Remembrance Day (open at 1pm), Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day.

Other exhibitions WAG visitors will see on Louis Riel Day.

The WAG Century • Archival materials, a digital timeline, photographs, architectural models, and works of art chart the WAG’s history over its first 100 years, and the key events that have shaped Canada’s oldest civic art gallery.

All in the Family • An exhibition of works from the WAG’s photography collection that question and redefine our notions of what constitutes “family.”

Janet Cardiff: Forty Part Motet • This brilliant, award-winning sound sculpture reworks Spem in Alium by 16th century English composer Thomas Tallis. Involving 40 separately recorded choir voices played back through 40 speakers positioned specifically around the gallery, the 14-minute work creates a deeply moving effect on visitors.

The Collection on View • Six exhibitions of works from the WAG collection span 400 years from the Renaissance and Baroque through to the 20th century.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is celebrating its Centennial year with an unparalleled series of exhibitions, programs, and events promoting the power of art in life. As Manitoba's leading art museum, the WAG is home to over 26,000 works of art spanning ten centuries, including the world's preeminent collection of contemporary Inuit art.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is grateful for the support of the following Centennial sponsors: BMO Financial Group, The Winnipeg Foundation, the Department of Canadian Heritage, TD Bank, James Richardson & Sons Ltd., MTS Allstream, Johnston Group, Air Canada, RBC Royal Bank, PACART, Great-West Life, Friesens, Manitoba Culture Heritage and Tourism, City of Winnipeg, Investors Group, Scotiabank, Volunteer Associates of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Storm Bistro, Manitoba Lotteries Corporation, Ernst & Young, Fort Garry Hotel, KPMG, Lawton Partners, Loewen, Parrish & Heinbecker, Aikins Law, AON, Cambrian Credit Union, Manitoba Blue Cross, National Leasing, CP Loewen, North West Company, NRG Management. Media sponsors: Winnipeg Free Press, CTV, CBC, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, 103.1 Virgin Radio, 99.9 BOB FM, Doowah Design, Visual Lizard, Esdale Printing, Radio-Canada, Travel Manitoba, Tourism Winnipeg, Midcan Production Technologies. 

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Debra Fehr
Manager, Communications and Marketing

Heather Mousseau
Communications Coordinator
204.786.6641, ext 211




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