Dramatic Redesign Proposed for Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza

An artist's rendering of the proposal

An artist’s rendering of the proposal

The plaza in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery has always been a popular gathering place in Vancouver … but never an especially convenient one.

For starters, there’s a big fountain in the middle of it that eats up lots of the available space. Scraggly trees offer some leaf cover but create a claustrophobic feeling. And then there’s all that bark mulch on the ground, which no one has ever liked.

These shortcomings and more are addressed in a new plaza redesign proposal currently being considered by the city. The plan, submitted by Nick Milkovitch Architects, calls for completely opening up the plaza and creating an airy, European-style public setting. It’s minimal, straightforward and quite possibly exactly what the site needs.  Continue reading:
Dramatic Redesign Proposed for Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza

New Design for $350-Million Vancouver Art Gallery Revealed

Rendering sourced from Vancouver Art Gallery

Rendering sourced from Vancouver Art Gallery

The conceptual design for a new Vancouver Art Gallery has been released, and it’s a head-turner.

The 12-storey gallery rises from its new home adjacent the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in a series of boxy tiers – like a jumble of gift boxes waiting to be unwrapped. The whole structure sits on four, stilt-like pillars. Not to mention, it’s covered mostly in wood – a stark contrast from the mirrored glass and steel buildings that dominate Vancouver’s downtown core.

The 310,000-square-foot building is aiming to become the new home of the Vancouver Art Gallery, which has outgrown its long-time home on Hornby and Georgia Streets downtown. Construction is planned to start in 2017, with a 2021 opening date. Continue reading:
New Design for $350-Million Vancouver Art Gallery Revealed

Vancouver Art Gallery and Burrard Arts Foundation co-present FAÇADE 2015, Sept. 4-7

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credit: Sonny Assu, artist rendering for Façade, 2015

FAÇADE 2015, a monumental projection mapping project and outdoor architectural intervention, is set to transform the Robson Street façade of the Vancouver Art Gallery with the work of Vancouver-based artists from September 4 to September 7, 2015.

Organized by the Burrard Arts Foundation (BAF) in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery, this public art project will feature newly commissioned works by artists Sonny Assu, Ed Spence as well as the WALLPAPERS artist collective.

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Vancouver Art Gallery and Burrard Arts Foundation co-present FAÇADE 2015, Sept. 4-7

Italians do it better in new Vancouver Art Gallery exhibit

The Annunciation PAINTINGS painting Botticelli, Sandro (circa 1445 - 1510, Italian) Italy, Florence tempera on panel Italian unframed dimensions: 495 x 619 mm; framed: 810 x 950 x 180 mm; sight edge 491 x 602 mm    Painting entitled 'The Annunciation' by Botticelli. Within a vaulted building the Virgin stands, with head bowed down at the apparition of the Angel of the Annunciation, who comes flying towards her through a portico, beyond which is seen a landscape with hills. Rays of glory are also directed towards the Virgin 174

Botticelli’s The Annunciation.

Some of the greatest names in European art are in town. Beginning today, Friday June 12, the Vancouver Art Gallery is exhibiting Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums.

The exhibit traces the Golden Age of Italian painting from the late 14th century to the late 19th century, and features masterpieces by such heavy-hitters as Sandro Botticelli, Giovanni Bellini, Titian, the Cavaliere d’Arpino (Giuseppe Cesari), Francesco Guardi, Domenichino and Salvator Rosa. As you might imagine, saints and religious figures figure prominently, along with scenes of Roman and Italian history.

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Italians do it better in new Vancouver Art Gallery exhibit

Italian Culture, Community and ART Take Over Commercial Drive, June 14 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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All things Italian will once again take over Commercial Drive on Sunday, June 14, for Vancouver’s largest cultural street festival, the 6th Annual Italian Day. Celebrating more than 50 years of Italian heritage in Vancouver, Italian Day brings together the best that Italy has to offer in our own backyard. This year’s festival puts a special focus on Italian ART, with pre-event showcases of Italian film and painting, and breathtaking examples of Italian design, music, theatre, food, crafts and activities throughout the event!

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Italian Culture, Community and ART Take Over Commercial Drive, June 14 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)