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Stage your event around what’s happening at the Art Gallery of Ontario, adding value by extending an opportunity to tour the gallery’s permanent collections or the latest exhibition. A private viewing of special exhibitions such as the multisensory David Bowie is, which runs till Nov. 27, holds huge crowd appeal. Opening Nov. 30, just in time for holiday events, The Great Upheaval: Modern Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, an impressive body of works by artists such as Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky and more.
As one of the largest art museums in North America, the AGO houses a collection of more than 80,000 works of art. The event planning department is happy to help map out, and staff with guides, a customized route that takes guests through one or several galleries as they make their way between event spaces. All event rental revenues support art programming.
New to the AGO’s event spaces is the Reuben Wells Leonard Gallery (pictured) with its capacity for guest lists of up to 80. Cocktail receptions here bring guests up close and personal with masterful Dutch oil paintings. Across the hall, the Laidlaw Gallery is perfect for high-end VIP gatherings for up to 30 people. Host a wine tasting in the space surrounded by classic oil paintings and sculptures before crossing over the the Leonard Gallery for a sit-down celebration.
With so many event space options, hosting progressive events at the AGO is easy. Begin with a welcome presentation in Walker Court followed by cocktails in a gallery before enjoying dinner in Baillie Court.
It’s a meeting of the Franks at the AGO’s Frank restaurant, with its Frank Gehry-designed interior and unique steel sculpture by Frank Stella which spirals down from the ceiling beside the open kitchen. The 130-seat street-level resto is elegantly understated with a continuation of the AGO’s signature Douglas fir paneling walls and clean, modern lines.
Book a group table, lunch or dinner, in Frank’s main dining lounge. The Young Gallery makes a wonderful pre-reception space for private events headed to the Red Room which features a retractable glass wall and seating for 60. For intimate events, consider the Ewan Room, a lovely alcove adjacent to the kitchen – perfect for staging a Chef’s Table dining experience for up to 10 people. Frank is available for private buy out.
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