200 Treasures from China’s Forbidden City Coming to Vancouver

Photo credit: kallgan | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: kallgan | Wikimedia Commons

For nearly 500 years, China’s Forbidden City – palatial home of emperors and elite in the heart of Beijing – remained a mystery sealed behind imposing palace walls.

Now some of the most prized treasures from the Forbidden City’s innermost sanctums are on their way to Vancouver.

This fall the Vancouver Art Gallery is being transformed into a Chinese imperial court for the landmark exhibition The Forbidden City.  From Oct. 18-Jan. 11, nearly 200 objects from the Forbidden City on loan from China’s Palace Museum – everything from suits of armour to silk paintings – will be on display.

The Forbidden City was the seat of imperial power in China throughout the Ming and Qing Dynasties, a period of nearly 500 years from 1416-1911.  The sprawling site in Beijing stretches over more than 180 acres and is comprised of 980 buildings with a total of nearly 10,000 rooms.  Housed inside are more than a million artifacts spanning half a millennia of global history, from ceramics and paintings, to jade collections and items from daily and ceremonial life. Continue reading:
200 Treasures from China’s Forbidden City Coming to Vancouver

Free Sunday Admission for Kids at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Photo credit: JMV | Flickr

Photo credit: JMV | Flickr

In 2014, families with young children will have more reason than ever to visit the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Starting Jan. 5, the gallery – Western Canada’s largest art museum – is offering free admission every Sunday for kids 12 and under.

That means free access to more than 10,000 works of art spanning several centuries, from masterpieces by Canada’s Group of Seven landscape painters to contemporary photography and an extensive collection of paintings by British Columbia’s own Emily Carr.

The offer complements the gallery’s existing Weekly Family Programs, a series of child-friendly tours and hands-on sessions held each Sunday.   Continue reading:
Free Sunday Admission for Kids at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver Art Gallery’s Family-Friendly Weekend: Family Fuse, March 3-4

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On select Fridays throughout the year, the Vancouver Art Gallery – Western Canada’s largest showcase for art – morphs from sophisticated museum to multimedia entertainment zone.

The events, called Fuse, transform the gallery into a space where art, music and  performance all come together.  Fuse features live shows in the gallery spaces, progressive DJs, unconventional and offbeat gallery tours and lots of unexpected surprises.  The idea behind it all: Show that museums can be hip, exciting and accessible.

This March 3-March 4 marks a special weekend installment of Fuse designed with families in mind.   It’s called Family Fuse and is staged three times a year.  Continue reading:
Vancouver Art Gallery’s Family-Friendly Weekend: Family Fuse, March 3-4

Party at the Art Gallery? Hip Hop and Aboriginal Art at the VAG, this Friday Feb 24

Credit: Vancouver Art Gallery; BeatNation4 -Shawn Hunt, Master of Ceremony, 2011, acrylic on panel.

When making plans for your Friday night, the Vancouver Art Gallery might not be the first option to come to mind.  Except this Friday.

From 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. the gallery will be hosting one of its signature Fuse events ($17.50 for adults; free for gallery members).  Fuse transforms the gallery into a hip, edgy live performance venue with music, DJs, art (obviously) and more.  It’s geared towards an evening crowd and shows a side of the VAG few visitors ever see – the after-dark, let-your-hair-down side.

This Friday’s Fuse event is a really unique one: It kicks off a new exhibit called Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture (the exhibit official opens on Saturday).   Friday’s Fuse party will feature Aboriginal DJs and projectionists Jackson 2 Bears and A Tribe Called Red, plus performance artist Skeena Reece and graffiti artist Dedos, who will be b-boy dancing.

In other words, this may be one of your few chances to hear turntables and hip hop mash-ups in the sacred halls that house Emily Carr and other masterpieces.

And if you can’t make it for Fuse, don’t worry.

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Party at the Art Gallery? Hip Hop and Aboriginal Art at the VAG, this Friday Feb 24

New Emily Carr Paintings at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Think you’ve seen all the Emily Carr masterpieces at the Vancouver Art Gallery? Big Raven, with those bold colours and shapes echoing aboriginal carvings.  Cedar, with its undulating sea of needles.  Zunoqua of the Cat Village, with its enigmatic totem in the foreground.

Well, you’re in luck.  21 paintings by Emily Carr spanning the length of her career – and never shown publicly before at the museum – are on display right now at the Vancouver Art Gallery as part of the new exhibit, Shore, Forest and Beyond: Art from the Audain Collection.

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New Emily Carr Paintings at the Vancouver Art Gallery