FUSE at Vancouver Art Gallery July 19

FUSE Vancouver July 19

Martin Honert’s Kinderkreuzzug/Children’s Crusade (1985-1987). Collection of Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy. Photo credit: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery.

What you see above is a photo from a current exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Inspired by the (possible) myth of the Children’s Crusade in the 13th century, Martin Honert’s Kinderkreuzzug is a life-size installation. Along with other works by the German artist in the fascinating multimedia show, it is inspired by memory.

Honert’s work is on view during regular VAG hours until October. But those attending the latest in the gallery’s FUSE series will be able to check out the work too, along with other exhibits, DJs, food carts and special performances, from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. Friday July 19.

Grand Ballroom FUSE, as it’s called, is inspired by another current exhibition (running until Sept 15), Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life. The evening is packed full of performances and activities both in the gallery and on Robson Street.

In conjunction with the City of Vancouver’s VIVA Vancouver program, Robson Street Plaza (outside the gallery) will present (free) contemporary dance performances from House of La Douche, Waacouture and Jojo Zolina, and music from DJs including Cherchez La Femme.

There are also two FUSE Lounges, one outdoors on Robson Plaza by the gallery’s patio bar, and one indoors with Paul Wong’s ambient Art Bar featuring projections and DJs. For live music fans, the gallery’s 4th floor rooftop pavilion hosts Vancouver experimental/psychedelic band Von Bingen and Victoria ambient art rock project Freak Heat Waves. In the rotunda, H Four will display projections, and opera singer Jessica Lalonde will team up with Juno-Award winning composer Chris Gestrin.

Jessica Lalonde

Toronto singer Jessica Lalonde.

Also in the gallery, on the 1st and 2nd floors Kinesis Dance will present a roving, interactive dance collaboration.

In addition to these performances and the Martin Honert and Grand Hotel exhibits, FUSE-goers can also see the ongoing exhibitions Persuasive Visions: 17th Century Dutch & Flemish Masterworks and Contemporary Reflections, Portraits in Time, James Hart: The Dance Screen, and In Dialogue with Carr: Gareth Moore – Allochthonous Window.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is located at 750 Hornby St. Tickets for FUSE are $20. You can order online here.

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