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The Power Plant is set to open its doors and offer free admission for ‘Universal Code,’ a major new group exhibition featuring twenty-two of the world’s leading contemporary artists, from 12 June - 30 August 2009


Toronto, 18 May 2009 – For the fourth year running, The Power Plant is pleased to announce that it will be offering free gallery admission all summer through its ALL SUMMER, ALL FREE program, thanks to the support of the Hal Jackman Foundation and Media Partner NOW Magazine. This year, the gallery’s featured summer exhibition is ‘Universal Code,’ a large-scale group exhibition presenting responses from a broad range of contemporary artists to cosmology and ideas of the universal in our current information age.

Director of The Power Plant, Gregory Burke states, “This summer, we’re delighted to present the work of some of the leading artists from around the world in ‘Universal Code.’ We’re also extremely grateful for the support of the Hal Jackman Foundation and NOW Magazine for ensuring that Toronto audiences will have free admission to the exhibition.”

Burke continues, “The exhibition itself has been generously supported by Lead Donors Nancy McCain & Bill Morneau, as well as Support Donors Elisa Nuyten & David Dime, Laura Rapp & Jay Smith and Garnet & Evan Siddall. The Power Plant is extremely thankful for their integral support of ‘Universal Code.’”

ALL SUMMER, ALL FREE was introduced by The Power Plant in the summer of 2006 in an effort to increase access to the gallery for the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Harbourfront Centre over the summer months. Since 2006, summer audiences to the gallery have increased by over 800%. Last summer alone, the gallery welcomed more than 75,000 visitors through its doors.

‘Universal Code’ is the latest in a series of summer exhibitions organized by The Power Plant that bring together Canadian and international artists from a variety of cultural positions to reflect on topics driving the development of contemporary culture. The exhibition includes artists who explore the intricate relationships between our evolving understandings of the cosmos; the production of scientific and cultural knowledge; cultural and religious belief systems; information technologies and global power relations. ‘Universal Code’ considers the response of artists to these relationships in the aftermath of globalization, reflecting the current complexity of the world we inhabit. Ultimately their response is poetic, positioning the universe as a void full of potential but also as a field riddled by elision and enigma.

Artists in ‘Universal Code’: Adel Abdessemed, Franz Ackermann, Angela Bulloch, Mircea Cantor, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Cerith Wyn Evans, Henrik Håkansson, Antonia Hirsch, Thomas Hirschhorn, Ann Veronica Janssens, Kimsooja, Jed Lind, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Josiah McElheny, Tania Mouraud, Gabriel Orozco, The Otolith Group, Adrian Paci, Trevor Paglen, Katie Paterson, Fred Tomaselli and Keith Tyson.

A further release will be issued shortly with full info on ‘Universal Code’ and The Power Plant’s wonderful and diverse range of public programming scheduled for this summer.

The summer opening party for ‘Universal Code’ takes place on Thursday 11 June from 8-11 PM (please note that this opening takes place on a Thursday evening).

For more information on exhibitions and all public programs, call 416-973-4949 or visit

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre
231 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Admission: ALL SUMMER, ALL FREE thanks to the support of the Hal Jackman Foundation and Media Partner NOW Magazine

NEW Extended Summer Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 12 – 6 PM
Friday, Saturday 12 – 8 PM
Closed Mondays (Open Holiday Mondays 12 – 6 PM)


Media Contacts:

Darryl Bank
Interim Marketing and Development Coordinator
The Power Plant

Linda Liontis
Media Relations
Harbourfront Centre

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