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article imageDrama coming this summer to Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario

By KJ Mullins     Mar 12, 2010 in Entertainment
Toronto - The Art Gallery of Ontario will be showcasing various facets of historical drama this summer when it presents a major international exhibition titled Drama and Desire: Artists and the Theatre.
Lust and murder have always been a passion of many great artists. Some of the greatest artists of the 19th century shared a fascination with the theatre and its themes of triumph and destruction, love and despair.
Those themes will be front and center when the AGO opens Drama and Desire: Artists and the Theatre this summer featuring over 100 paintings, drawings and theatrical maquettes. The exhibit will showcase the work of Edgar Degas, Eugène Delacroix, Jacques-Louis David, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, William Blake, Aubrey Beardsley, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Édouard Vuillard.
These pieces were hand selected for the current exhibit from some of the world's most renowned musuems including the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Toronto’s Opera Atelier stage designer, Gerard Gauci, has been commissioned to create a life-size 18th century set that will include sound and video. The set will give visitors the feeling of being 'on-stage' as they tour the exhibit.
“We want our visitors to feel as if they are onstage alongside the subjects of these extraordinary works,” says Matthew Teitelbaum, the AGO’s Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO. “These works rarely leave their home institutions, so we’re especially honoured to be the sole North American venue for Drama and Desire.”
The exhibit debuts on June 19 and will run through September 26.
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