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I Will Miss My Favourite Painting

When asked to choose the artwork that I will miss the most from 100 Masters: Only in Canada, I am given a seemingly impossible task as they really are all my favourites, carefully selected to showcase five centuries of extraordinary artmaking on two continents. However, when pushed to answer...

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Aug 28, 2013

The Kiss from Regina

Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, exhibition curator

As I prepared for the trip to the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina in July 2012 to secure loans for 100 Masters, the one work I knew I wanted to borrow was Auguste Rodin’s The Kiss, which was acquired by Norman MacKenzie in Paris shortly before...

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May 22, 2013

Finding London painters in London

Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, exhibition curator

Driving on the 401 Highway to London to see director Brian Meehan at the Museum London to discuss the 100 Masters project, I thought about the well-known paintings by Jack Chambers of the 401, knowing that I would be seeing an unrivalled...

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May 16, 2013

The best Monet in the country

Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, exhibition curator

When I wrote Carol Podedworny, Director of the McMaster Museum of Art, about the 100 Masters exhibition, she asked senior curator Ihor Holubizky to assist in assembling a list of possible loans. Ihor had contributed essays to a number of WAG...

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May 13, 2013

European gems in Hamilton

Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, exhibition curator

The trips to Hamilton for the 100 Masters project were split between the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the McMaster Museum of Art, two institutions I was counting on to augment the European and American works in the exhibition.

The rich European...

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May 9, 2013

A Cache of Group of Seven paintings

Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, exhibition curator

Driving on the expressway from Toronto to Kleinburg to visit the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, I tried to remember how long it had been since the multi-lane highway had replaced the route I used to take as a student at the University of...

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May 6, 2013

Finding a few heavyweights at the AGO

Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, exhibition curator

When I sent the initial 100 Masters loans list in late 2011 to Matthew Teitelbaum, Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario, he responded with the news that most of the works could not be lent due to the reinstallation of the permanent...

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May 2, 2013

Back at my alma mater in Toronto


Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, exhibition curator

The University of Toronto Art Centre had not yet opened in University College when I was a graduate student at the university, and the art collections were spread out across the campus including in the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart...

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Apr 29, 2013

The mighty ROM does not disappoint

Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, exhibition curator

The visits to the Toronto-area museums and galleries for the 100 Masters loan discussions took place over several separate trips. Months before my visit to the Royal Ontario Museum in June 2012, I had discussed the exhibition project with Janet...

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Apr 25, 2013

Finding the Dutch Masters in Kingston

Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, exhibition curator

The 100 Masters research trip to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University in Kingston in June 2012 was focused on the renowned Bader Collection, a corpus of over one hundred primarily Dutch and Flemish paintings, assembled by...

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Apr 22, 2013

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