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News: Ydessa Hendeles Donates to AGO, Toronto

Leading art collector and philanthropist Dr. Ydessa Hendeles is donating an extraordinary collection of 32 Canadian and international contemporary artworks to the Art Gallery of Ontario, representing the most significant single gift of contemporary art in the AGO’s 110-year history.


A work, by Barbara Kruger, currently on view at Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation, Toronto.
Image: akimbo.ca

The gift includes works by groundbreaking Canadian contemporary artists Kim Adams, Ian Carr-Harris, Max Dean, Betty Goodwin, Liz Magor, Ken Lum, Ron Martin, John McEwen and Ian Wallace. The Hendeles gift also adds to the AGO’s contemporary collection the first works by international artists James Coleman (Irish), Gary Hill (American),Thomas Schütte (German), Bill Viola (American) and Krzysztof Wodiczko (Polish), and augments the Gallery’s holding by Giulio Paolini (Italian).

Plans are underway for an exhibition of works from the Hendeles donation within the next 18 months.

Ydessa Hendeles was recently granted her PhD, Cum Laude, from the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, at the University of Amsterdam, for her thesis on “Curatorial Compositions”. Through her foundation, Ms. Hendeles has worked out a unique intellectual project through the remarkable curatorial innovations that put her at the forefront of curating internationally.

Click HERE to read the text of Ydessa Hendeles’ “lay speech,” given for the formal doctoral examination.

5 Responses to “News: Ydessa Hendeles Donates to AGO, Toronto”

  1. sally says:

    wow. That’s pretty fantastic. Good for her!

  2. Bill says:

    Ditto from me! Yay, Ydessa Hendeles!

  3. Jason says:

    The AGO should find themselves lucky. Let’s hope these works both get a big reception and a nice place among the permanent collection. I wish Ms. Hendeles would open her own large scale museum with her entire collection.

  4. Earl Miller says:

    I think they should invite her to curate some of the donated work.

  5. Petra says:

    I agree with Earl… It would be great to see the AGO do something well-thought-through with the Contemporary wing. Perhaps to curate from the rest of the collection, together with her donation. I would love to see what she would do.

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