Wednesday, 5 September 2012

WAG turns 100: Celebration, expansion to come !

The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) was established in 1912 as the Winnipeg Museum of Fine Arts.
Over the decade it has had a number of homes, including the Federal Building and Industrial Bureau on Main Street. On April 24, 1933, it opened on the fourth floor of the newly constructed Civic Auditorium (now the Provincial Archives Building) on Vaughan. In 1971 the current WAG building was officially opened.

Starting later this month the WAG has a number of centennial events that will run through to early 2013. Check out their WAG100 website of the CBC's WAG's Big Birthday Bash for more.

There is also a big expansion in store. The architect selection process has now closed for a $30 m Inuit Art and Learning Centre (IALC) to be built on the site of the WAG Studio, (the former Mall Medical Building.). Three storey, 45,000 sq. ft. building is expected to open in 2014.

To check out my history of the WAG, including links to other history articles, see my updated Winnipeg Downtown Places post. There, you can also check out a history of the WAG Studio building.

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