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    Art Gallery of OntarioArt Gallery of Ontario Toronto, Canada
    The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is located in downtown Toronto, in the Grange Park district with a magnificent collection of over 68,000 works of art that span the 1st century to the current day sitting on 480,000 square feet of space that includes the world's biggest collection of Canadian art that showcases the development of the nation's heritage from pre-Confederation days to the current period. Over half of this magnificent collection is made up of Canadian artists' works, along with an outstanding collection of European artworks, that contains the most significant collection of medieval and renaissance decorative arts outside of Europe and the United States. Some of the more famous works include those created by Tintoretto, Frans Hals, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Pablo Picasso, Peter Paul Rubens, Auguste Rodin, Rembrandt van Rijin, Emile Antoine Bourdelle, Edgar Degas, Thomas Gainsborough, Vincent van Gogh and Anthony van Dyck. As if that isn't enough to bring every art lover to the museum, it also houses one of the most impressive collections of African art in North America, as well as a contemporary art collection that illustrates the evolution of modern artistic movements in Canada, the US and Europe that includes works by Andy Warhol, Jenny Holzer and Claes Oldenburg. And if that doesn't pique your curiosity and appetite, then perhaps the Henry Moore sculpture center will since it contains the biggest public collection of works by this British sculptor. His bronze work, Two Large Forms created in 1966 through 1969 welcomes visitors at the museum's north facade. And today, in keeping with web 2.0 trends, the AGO has started a social media site called Collection X that offers users a place to share ideas about life and art, as well as showcasing the works of contemporary photographers and visual artists; offering users the ability to discuss the works, upload their own content and create online exhibitions. Other artists include; Alfred Agache, Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Emily Carr, Giovanni del Biondo, Carel Fabritius, Augustus John, Paul Kane, Cornelius Krieghoff, J. E. H. MacDonald, Amadeo Modigliani, Paul Peel, Claude Monet, Hans Holbein the Younger, Camille Pissarro, John William Waterhouse, Tom Thomson and James Tissot.

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    Gardiner MuseumGardiner Museum Toronto, Canada
    The Gardiner is the sole museum in Canada that is dedicated to just ceramic art, and is located in Queen's Park in Toronto, across from the Royal Ontario Museum. It was founded in 1984 by George R. Gardiner and his wife, Helen, designed by Keith Wagland and called a "jewel box of ceramic treasures. In 2006, it would enjoy a much needed renovation that would improve circulation and add more space to show the permanent collections. The building is made of a limestone clad facade with glazing and black granite columns that extends to the street allowing it to become more visible to people and the street. It houses a permanent collection of more than 2900 pieces with works that include Chinese and Japanese porcelain, ancient Americas, English Delftware, European porcelain, a contemporary gallery and Italian renaissance. Besides their permanent collections being showcased, the museum offers three temporary exhibitions a year; and offers programs, lectures and in its clay studio, clay classes for folks of all ages.

May 4, 2011