Tony Zwig at the Zwig Family Foundation Gallery
Tony Zwig and his siblings are the children of explorers. As the story goes, his parents, Walter and Helen Zwig, were avid sailors. They shared a fearlessness and taste for adventure that led them far afield. They were also passionate art collectors. Over the course of their 30 years sailing the world’s oceans and visiting numerous ports-of-call, they gathered an eclectic, international art collection that is now available for public viewing at the Zwig Family Foundation gallery in Toronto.
The impressive collection is supplemented by some of the Baycrest Foundation’s 2017 Brain Project sculptures, which sit alongside the other artworks and are a reminder to the Zwig Family of the important and compassionate role Baycrest plays in our community.
A good read on society is how it treats its vulnerable. Baycrest has, for me, represented extraordinary leadership in this spirit.
The Zwig children wanted to honour Helen and Walter, a successful Toronto real estate developer who passed away in 2017, by including the brain sculptures as part of their family’s art history. The family has also made significant donations to Baycrest in support of brain health and aging.
"On behalf of my siblings, Lisa and Adam, and my wife, Thea Caplan, I want to say that a good read on society is how it treats its vulnerable. Baycrest has, for me, represented extraordinary leadership in this spirit. We at the Zwig Foundation Gallery are thrilled to be displaying works from the Brain Project alongside our collection," says Tony.
The Zwigs have supported Baycrest for more than 30 years. These include a major gift to help fund the development of The Virtual Brain, a unique, open-source modelling platform that captures intricate details of the brain’s structure and function through the collection of imaging data. It will help clinicians detect different types of dementia and brain diseases earlier, and give doctors the ability to test potential treatments before prescribing them to patients.
Tony and his family invite the community to visit the Zwig Family Foundation Gallery and view the collection. The gallery is located at 68 Abell Street, Toronto. For more gallery information, visit www.zwigcollection.ca
. To learn more about the Brain Project, visit www.brainproject.ca