New AGO exhibit: Mystical Landscapes

(By: Hilary Punchard)

The Art Gallery of Ontario’s new exhibit Mystical Landscapes opened to the public on Saturday and it does not fall short to the long promoted hype.

From wrestling angels to crystals cities in water, the collection attempted to show the different unsystematic ways that people find spiritual enlightenment through mystical phenomenon.

The exhibit contained paintings from 37 artists hailing from 14 countries. The artists manifested painting styles such as impressionism and post-impressionism in their work.

The AGO out did themselves with this exposition, the collection rich with famous pieces. The array included Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night over Rhone at Arles from 1888; Paul Gauguin’s Vision of the Sermon (Jacob Wrestling with the Angel) from 1888; Claude Monet’s Water Lilies (Nymphéas) from 1907 and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Series I- from the Plains from 1919. Other artists include Edvard Munch, Charles Marie Dulac and Wenzel Hablik, to name a few.

The paintings are not the only noteworthy thing in the show, but the ambience as well. It is evident that the AGO spent a long time creating the layout of the art show. Lights, display cases and frames are used to accentuate the paintings while giving an atmosphere that measures up to the art.

The Mystical Landscapes exhibit was concocted and created by Katharine Lochnan, the senior curator of international exhibitions at the AGO. It was her creative genius that brought together the pieces and little details of the exposition.

An AGO security guard, who wanted to remain anonymous to avoid being biased at his work, said “out of all the seven years I’ve worked here, all the exhibits I’ve seen so far; this is… by far the best exhibit I’ve seen. It’s just unbelievable. Everyone should see it.”

The exhibit will be open from Oct. 22 till Jan. 29, 2017. If you’re an art lover or you’re new to the area, you should definitely add this exhibit to your agenda.

The AGO has free admission every Wednesday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with student ID.

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