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WAG extends hours for 100 Masters exhibit

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery has extended the hours for its 100th anniversary exhibition, 100 Masters: Only in Canada.

Due to what WAG describes as overwhelming attendance, the gallery and gallery shop, beginning Thursday, will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

WAG hours for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays remain the same, open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays.

The exhibition runs until Aug. 18.

The gallery said attendance for the exhibition, which includes works by such masters as Rembrandt, van Gogh and Picasso, has exceeded 25,000 as of July 15.

Two paintings by Canadian painter Alex Colville, who died Tuesday in Halifax at the age of 92, are also part of the 100 Masters exhibition.

Colville was a military artist during the Second World War and documented Canadian troops landing at Juno Beach on D-Day. Later during the war, he painted Canadian soldiers in the famous work Infantry, near Nijmegen, Holland, which is one of the paintings in the WAG exhibition.

"Alex Colville spanned many key movements in art," says Stephen Borys, WAG director and CEO in a release Wednesday. "His work has always resonated with the public because he painted familiar, commonplace scenes — the family in the kitchen, a cat sitting on a fence, people walking on a beach. But inherent in each work was a sense of loneliness and isolation."

 

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