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January 24, 2022

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Edmonton’s glass menagerie

Edmonton is not known for its daring modernist architecture, but the new Art Gallery of Alberta, which opened with great fanfare at the end of January, may change that. The gallery, with its Gehry-esque unexpected curves and cool reflective glass, is the result of the architect Randall Stout’s $88-million, five-year-long overhaul.

But obviously the building would be nothing more than a pretty façade if what’s inside wasn’t worthy. It is. Exhibits include collections of Goya’s prints about the Inquisition and Napoleon’s occupation of Spain, sculptures and other works by Degas, and photos by two Canadians: famous portraits by the late Yousuf Karsh and immense shots of the construction of the gallery itself by Edward Burtynsky. All four exhibits are on until May 30. Adults $12; seniors and students $8; kids six and under free. (780) 422-6223;

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