Things of Beauty: Winnipeg’s Art Galleries

Winnipeg offers more than 50 galleries displaying an impressive variety of historical art, artistic beauty and modern interpretations. Diverse exhibits vary from aboriginal artifacts and turn-of-the-century gowns to contemporary Inuit art and spray-painted urban murals. 

If you’re an art lover, you’ll love living in Winnipeg. So Get Centred and Go Flat Out by setting your sights on the city’s trove of artistic treasures.

Winnipeg Art Gallery

With an exterior of Manitoba Tyndall stone, Canada’s oldest public gallery is home to the world’s largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art, some of which is always on display. The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) boasts a constantly changing exhibition schedule of national and international art, as well as emphasizing the work of Manitoba artists.

The gift shop carries unique jewellery, ceramics and glassware handcrafted by Canadian artists. The bright and airy Storm Bistro overlooks the rooftop sculpture garden; tables are set outside in the summer months. The WAG is located within walking distance of all downtown hotels.

Leo Mol Sculpture Garden

Combining artistic beauty with a natural setting, the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden offers a quiet retreat to view and enjoy the magnificent works of master sculptor Dr. Leo Mol. The garden was created as a result of Dr. Mol’s generous gift of many of his wonderful bronze pieces and works of art to the community in which he lived.

The garden is also home to the Leo Mol Gallery and the Leo Mol School House Studio. The interior of the school house has been maintained, complete with moulds and plaster casts of major works. Items relating to the work of Leo Mol are available at the gift shop.

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is Manitoba’s premier contemporary art gallery and the first contemporary art institute in Canada. Since 1972, Plug In has exhibited the very best local and international artwork in all media.

Plug In ICA is a laboratory for research and a nexus for the presentation of art that confronts ideas and issues affecting modern society. The convergence of these strands celebrates artworks and events in all media, as well as interdisciplinary projects spanning architecture, film, television, photography, sound and new media.

Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art

Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art is a nationally recognized leader in aboriginal arts programming and one of the foremost venues and voices for aboriginal art in Canada. The organization develops new programming and new presentations of indigenous art, which results in increased exposure and the expansion of venue activities.

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