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Since its establishment as one of Canada's earliest civic art museums in 1912, the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) has grown to house nearly 30,000 works of art. Today, the WAG has the world's largest collection of modern and contemporary Inuit art. Other areas of note include the WAG's collection of historical and contemporary Canadian art, historical British and European art, decorative art, and photography. Explore the constantly evolving collection, reflecting on the combined efforts of generations of curators, researchers, collectors, donors, and artists.[1]

Winnipeg Art Gallery
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Winnipeg Art Gallery
Established1912 (1912)
LocationWinnipeg, Canada
Coordinates49°53′22″N 97°09′02″W / 49.88944°N 97.15056°W / 49.88944; -97.15056Coordinates: 49°53′22″N 97°09′02″W / 49.88944°N 97.15056°W / 49.88944; -97.15056
TypeArt Gallery

The gallery moved to its present location in 1971, into a building designed by Canadian architect Gustavo Da Roza in collaboration with Canadian architect Isadore (Issie) Coop, partner in charge at Number Ten Architectural Group.[2][3][4] With a prominent location near the Manitoba Legislative Building and Portage Avenue, the gallery's building has become a downtown Winnipeg landmark. Along with the galleries, the main building houses a gift shop, a restaurant, a rooftop garden, meeting and lecture rooms, and a 325-seat theatre auditorium.

The new Inuit Art Centre at the WAG will house the Gallery's celebrated collection of contemporary Inuit art and provide new facilities for an expanded studio art and educational program. The 40,000 sq ft (3,700 m2) addition to the iconic 1972 Gustavo da Roza building faces south toward the Manitoba Legislature in downtown Winnipeg. The new space will include galleries, a lecture theatre, research areas, and a visible art storage vault. With a collection of nearly 13,000 works of Inuit art, the WAG has a long and continuous commitment to the research, publication, and exhibition of Inuit art. The Inuit Art Centre will be the largest exhibition gallery in the world devoted to Inuit art.[5]

The WAG's permanent collection includes almost 24,000 works, with a particular emphasis on Manitoban and Canadian art. The collection ranges from 4th century BCE Greek sculpture to 21st century videos, and includes the world's largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art. Historical, contemporary, photographic, decorative art, and Inuit works are featured in a variety of exhibitions each year, with each of the ten gallery spaces changing approximately every three months.

Selected worksEdit


  1. ^ Winnipeg Art Gallery, University of Manitoba, Canada.
  2. ^ Winnipeg Architecture Foundation, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  3. ^ Winnipeg Architecture Foundation (Gustavo Da Roza)
  4. ^ Winnipeg Architecture Foundation (Isadore Coop)
  5. ^ "Winnipeg Art Gallery Inuit Art Centre | Michael Maltzan Architecture". Retrieved 2019-06-07.

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