Video100 Masters exhibit breaks WAG attendance records
Posted by Sandra Thacker, SCENE Producer | Wednesday June 26, 2013
"100 Masters: Only in Canada" attracting art lovers to the WAG. (Matt TenBruggencate)
Just over a month in and the Winnipeg Art Gallery's 100 Masters: Only in Canada is officially a record-breaker.
Since it opened May 11, 17,000 people have already visited the extensive exhibit, curated by WAG director and CEO Stephen Borys. That number has smashed previous attendance records for the gallery, which is celebrating its centennial this year.
"Visitors are just amazed at seeing so many great artists--Rembrandt, Renoir, van Gogh, Monet, Matisse, Rodin, Picasso, and others--all in one space," Borys says.
Michiel Sweerts, Self-Portrait with Skull, c. 1661. Oil on canvas, Queen's University (WAG)
"A lot of people find they can't take it all in at once, and make plans to return again this summer. The buzz has been fantastic and we have every indication that it will continue to the show's conclusion."
The gallery has also made extra effort to attract families, offering special tour booklets, an interactive family zone and space for kids to make their own art.
"Kids particularly love the life-sized cut-outs where they can pose as the face of the Rembrandt and Sweerts paintings," explains Anna Wiebe, head of education at the WAG.
Summer camps for kids will also offer attendees access to the exhibit.
100 Masters: Only in Canada runs at the Winnipeg Art Gallery May 11-August 18, 2013