Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

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Winnipeg Art Gallery represents a public art gallery in the heart of the city; it claims the title of sixth largest gallery in Canada. The grey façade adopts a minimalist and contemporary design, forming a triangle from a bird’s-eye view. Inside you'll have the opportunity to view a permanent collection of nearly 24,000 works, emphasising Manitoban and Canadian art. The gallery also holds the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art. Visit the extensive in-house art library, home to more than 24,000 books. Finish with a meal on the penthouse level; the restaurant serves Mediterranean-inspired food. Plan to visit Winnipeg Art Gallery during your Winnipeg vacation using our convenient Winnipeg holiday planner.
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  • David Atlmejd : The vessel is totally amazing. You cannot even explain the feeling and emotion you have when see this piece. The flow of beauty in incredible. It is a must see several time because you...  more »
  • WE stopped by here for less than an hour. It had some great Inuit art, a small but worthwhile collection of sculptures, and a couple of good short videos.  more »
  • I love this place. I got married here once, I raised my kids here on rainy Saturday mornings, dragging them all truculent and reluctant...and once in a blue moon, in awe... part strange displays of st...  more »
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  • It's a decently large art gallery, and the collection itself is quite big so the displays change frequently. They host a lot of interesting events too. There's a restaurant on the top floor which can be booked for special occasions as can the main hall on the first.
  • At a formal function, the meal was well-prepared, tasty, and served hot. There was plenty of staff so the pacing of the multiple courses was perfect, with the previous course cleared smartly. The venue was attractive and clean, with very nice decor (hey it's an art gallery after all!). Recommend WAG for a semi-formal or formal function.
  • We were invited for a private tour led by the WAG head curator, to see the brand new Picasso in Canada and Man Beast Exhibits, and they were spectacular! I've been to a few art galleries and museums, and I always enjoy myself, but I had never had a guide before. It seriously enriched the experience, especially for someone like myself, who isn't knowledgeable at all about the art and the history behind it. Viewing each piece meant so much more to me, when I was listening to the curator describe what Picasso was going through in his life during the time he created the work. There was also a small interactive section for gallery-goers to create their own Picasso-Style drawings. This is a wonderful idea, and really brought the work to life for me. I included a couple photo's to give readers an idea, but there was at least one other interactive section that I did not photograph. Finally, I have to mention how there were two write-ups for at least some of the pieces, one for adults, and one for kids...how cool! Things like "how many shapes can you find in this piece". I think this is a great idea, and will hopefully help to encourage families to come and view Picasso's works, and know that their kids are invited to appreciate the art as well. Thank you WAG for a splendid visit. I'll be back again, and will recommend the galleries to others as well!
  • I went there with higher expectations. The place is small, and it only shows unknown artists. The only thing big there is the gift shop.
  • Most exhibits could warrant the label "interesting". Helpful staff eager to engage with art discussion. I was there with a school tour and the hands on printmaking was a blast.

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