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Contemporary Calgary announces inaugural programming for 2020 including major Yoko Ono exhibition

Exciting and affordable art that’s accessible to all.

That’s what Contemporary Calgary has in store in 2020 for those who call this city home.

The organization has just announced its inaugural programming for next year at their new home in the old Centennial Planetarium, and it’s headlined by a number of fascinating major exhibitions.

Highlights include: Yoko Ono’s Growing Freedom: The instructions of Yoko Ono and The art of John and Yoko; Planetary, which features 36 artists living in Calgary who were asked to respond to the gallery space “creating work that draws upon the building’s architecture, its cosmological connections and its relationships to personal memory and nostalgia”; UK artist Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon, which is a scale model of the Moon that measures six metres in diameter and will be suspended from the top of the dome in the space.

“We’re excited about our 2020 programming,” Ryan Doherty, Chief Curator of Contemporary Calgary, said in a release. 

“Developing engaging and relevant exhibitions in Calgary that put local, national and international artists together in dialogue is fundamental to our vision. In conjunction with rigorous and diverse public programs we hope this inaugural line-up at the Planetarium ignites excitement in our community for what’s to come.”

Other exhibits throughout the year will be Omar Ba’s Same Dream, and Everywhere We Are, which is “an ambitious exhibition and public program series addressing many of the challenges, merits, impacts and advantages associated with art collecting.”

Also announced for the new year are expanded hours — beginning Jan. 23 it will be open Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Thursday’s closing time 9 p.m. — and an admission price of $10 or $20 for an annual membership.

“We’d love for every Calgarian to become a member of Contemporary Calgary,” CEO David Leinster said in the release. 

“An art institution should limit the barriers for people to engage in cultural experiences. Our values are to be welcoming, inclusive, engaging and relevant. It starts by listening to the community and their collective imagination for what Contemporary Calgary can be, and follows with great programming that invites all citizens to the gallery and an approach to our admissions to make it accessible for everyone.”

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(Photo by Matthew Placek © Yoko Ono, courtesy of Phi Foundation, Montreal.)