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WAG masters exhibition sets attendance record

Posted: 09/5/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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THE Winnipeg Art Gallery's 100 Masters: Only in Canada, which marked the gallery's 100th anniversary, was the best-attended exhibition in the gallery's history.

More than 60,000 visitors visited the exhibition, which included works by such worldwide masters as Van Gogh, Picasso and Monet, as well as Canadian and Manitoban artists such as Alex Colville, Emily Carr and Wanda Koop, the gallery announced Wednesday in a press release.

"We knew the exhibition would be popular," says gallery director Stephen Borys in the release, "but it succeeded far beyond our wildest expectations."

The exhibition also set gallery records for highest sponsor support, program delivery school outreach and membership growth, Borys said. It drew twice as many visitors as the gallery's Norman Rockwell exhibition did in 2012.

"When the Norman Rockwell exhibition hit 30,000 visitors, we knew we were connecting in a new way with our community," Borys said. "And when 100 Masters saw those numbers double, we believe it truly confirmed that the WAG is playing an important role in our city and province."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 5, 2013 c16

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