As the year ramps up, there are more and more opportunities to enjoy the thriving art and culture in Toronto. Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, Toronto art exhibitions in 2019 are not to be missed! There is a long list of stunning art exhibits taking place this month, but if you’re looking for where to go in February to enjoy some amazing pieces, we have narrowed down that list to a few of our favourites.
The phenomenal waterfront art exhibition, Ice Breakers, is back again this year with 5 new fantastic pieces of work. Presented by Ports Toronto and Waterfront BIA, this arts festival allows Torontonians to experience these pieces up close and personal. The 5 winning pieces will be displayed across Queens Quay and open to the public until February 24th. This year’s theme, Signal Transmission, was widely interpreted in different interactive ways including telecommunication, alternative images of protests, sound and movement, light, and spacial conditions. This free art exhibition can be visited at any point until February 24th, and be sure to share your images on social media using the hashtag #TOIceBreakers.
Toronto Light Festival
Toronto’s visual journey through epic light displays is back again this year. Bring some life to the cold dreary evenings this winter by heading down to the Distillery District and enjoy a stroll through the cobblestone streets and explore the illuminated exhibits. Be sure to bundle up and enjoy some of the amazing restaurants and local businesses that the Distillery District has to offer. The Toronto Light Festival will be going on until March 3rd, so there is still plenty of time to visit!
IMPRESSIONISM IN THE AGE OF INDUSTRY
This month is the start of a grand exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario, with French Impressionist artists and their works on display. With masterpieces by famous artists like Monet, Pissarro, Degas, and Van Gogh, the exhibition also highlights new favourites like Luce and Caillebotte. This exhibit will run from February 16th to May 5th, but you can get your tickets now through the AGO’s website.
Ai Weiwei: Unbroken
At the end of the month, The Gardiner Museum will be unveiling the highly anticipated exhibition featuring Ai Weiwei. Ai Weiwei is one of the world’s most influential artists and human rights activists, as well as one of China’s most formidable critics. The exhibition will feature several of his greatest works, including Sunflower Seeds and Coca Cola Vase, as well as recent works in blue-and-white porcelain that depict the global refugee crisis. This exhibit is included in your general admission to The Gardiner Museum, so be sure to visit for one of the best winter art events in Toronto this year.
Artist Project is a Contemporary Art Fair taking place at the Better Living Centre this month. From collectors and curators, to gallerists and designers, visitors can explore and discover works of art from over 300 top contemporary artists from Canada and abroad. This is a great opportunity to meet artists and learn more about their works directly from them. The weekend long show is $16 admission, which you can buy at the door or pre-purchase online.