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Reviewed March 1, 2013
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Art can portray the world’s most complex subjects: the passion of love, the horrors of war, and the despair of fruit waiting to be eaten. Hold a mirror to nature with this Groupon.
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About Winnipeg Art Gallery
The Winnipeg Art Gallery began its edifying journey more than a century ago, when a group of local businessmen decided to create a space dedicated to regional and international art. But these displays were not just intended to be aesthetic set pieces. Instead, the gallery aimed to engage and educate the public by curating works that reflected the culture and times influencing each piece's creation. According to the gallery's mission statement, each exhibit functions as a "lens that enables people to see more of life and society."
Although the Winnipeg Art Gallery boasts more than 24,000 works, including everything from 15th-century European paintings to 21st-century North American multimedia projects, three permanent exhibits stand out. The massive collection of contemporary Inuit sculptures, prints, and drawings gives invaluable insight into the culture, even facilitating academic research in the field. With its assortment of porcelain platters, bone-china serving plates, and ironstone soup tureens, the decorative arts collection tracks the evolution of the designs and the craftwork used to create luxury items from the 17th to the 21st century. The third major collection explores the relatively modern contributions of photographers such as Diane Arbus and Irving Penn, placing particular focus on the works of Canadian artists from the second half of the 20th century.
Even the building demonstrates a commitment to Canadian design and innovation. Housing eight distinct galleries, the space was the brainchild of Winnipeg architect Gustavo da Roza, who ensured an imposing edifice by choosing pale Manitoba tyndall stone for the exterior. The structure rises from the ground like the prow of a ship, with a sculpture garden nestled on the rooftop to let patrons gaze down on the city streets or search the skies for a cloud shaped like the Thinker.