The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) announced today that Michael Maltzan Architecture has been selected as the architect for the Gallery’s new Inuit Art and Learning Centre.  The new Centre will be built in downtown Winnipeg as an addition to the existing iconic Gallery building designed by Gustavo da Roza.  It will house the Gallery’s celebrated collection of contemporary Inuit art and provide new facilities for the Gallery’s Studio Art and Learning programs.

WAG Executive Director Stephen Borys said of MMA’s selection “The selection committee was unanimous in choosing Michael Maltzan as the winning architect for this important design project.  I am very pleased with the team we have in place for the IALC, and I am confident that working with Michael Maltzan, we will see a great concept and design, a great centre and space, and ultimately a real place that enables us to experience in new ways the powerful role of art in our community.”

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and the sixth largest in Canada.  It is Manitoba’s leading art museum, home to over 26,000 works of art spanning ten centuries and includes the world’s preeminent collection of contemporary Inuit art.  Established in 1912, the Gallery is currently celebrating its centennial year.

With a collection of nearly 12,000 works of Inuit art, WAG has had a long and continuous commitment to the research, exhibition, and publication of art by the Canadian Inuit.  The first significant exhibition was organized in 1964 and, to date, over 160 exhibitions have been organized, more than 50 catalogues published, and immeasurable research provided in this field.