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Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) has been an integral part of Winnipeg’s cultural heritage since its founding in 1912. Over a century it has evolved from its humble beginnings into the shining example of Modernist architecture constructed with iconic Manitoba Tyndall stone on Memorial Avenue. Designed by renowned Winnipeg architect Gustavo da Roza and opened in 1971 by Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, the WAG rises like a prow of a ship on its own triangular “ocean” in the heart of downtown Winnipeg.

The WAG houses an impressive collection of over 26,000 works of art, ranging from 15th century European paintings to 21st century North American multi-media art. It includes outstanding holdings in both Canadian art and European art, featuring the Gort Collection of Northern Renaissance paintings. Modern and contemporary photographs and a large decorative arts and studio collection are elements which further define the gallery as a centre for excellence across a variety of art forms. The WAG is also home to the world’s largest and finest collection of contemporary Inuit art numbering nearly 13,000 items with over 7,000 sculptures, 5600 prints and textiles, and other items.

Each year, thousands of Manitoba students have discovered the exciting world of art through WAG School Programs. Partnering with the Manitoba School Curriculum, students of all ages have explored where artists get their ideas and how artists communicate through the language of colour and form across a variety of artistic mediums – even creating stories around a particular work of art or, when exploring our Inuit art collection, imagining what life is like in a northern Inuit community.

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300 Memorial Blvd
Winnipeg, Manitoba

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