The Government of Ontario Art Collection was the first publicly funded art collection in Canada. Dating from 1853, it currently numbers over 2,700 original works of art. Many of these works can be found in Ontario’s Legislative Buildings in Toronto and in ministries and government offices throughout the city. A significant number are also located in over 30 towns and cities across the province. Broad in scope and eclectic in nature, the collection is made up of historical and contemporary paintings, works on paper, indoor and outdoor sculpture, official portraits and antique furnishings and decorative objects.
Kicking things off is Inside the Art Vault, with series host and curator Lani Wilson giving an overview of our collection, highlighting specific pieces, and offering a look into one of the Archives’ cutting-edge storage vaults.
This series is designed to enlighten online audiences about how pieces from this
incredible collection are acquired, showcased, and protected for the enjoyment of
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