Visceral Bodies & Visions of British Columbia at the Vancouver Art Gallery

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Spring 2010 is an amazing time at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG). Not only is their current headliner Leonardo da Vinci (Mechanics of Man), they have the eye-popping contemporary exhibit Visceral Bodies and the extensive, two-floor exhibit of local masterworks Visions of British Columbia, too.

It’s no surprise the VAG saw record-breaking attendance during the Vancouver Olympic Games!

Now that the Games are over, it’s the perfect time to catch these amazing exhibits if you haven’t seen them yet.

Visceral Bodies works as a companion to the groundbreaking anatomical drawings showcased in Leonardo da Vinci: Mechanics of Man. Where da Vinci’s drawings are meticulous is their realism, the works in Visceral Bodies explore the political, emotional and gendered meanings of the human body.

From Visceral Bodies at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Upstairs, the two-floor Visions of British Columbia is completely different from Mechanics of Man and Visceral Bodies, but it’s no less compelling.

An extensive survey of B.C. art that includes a wide range of artists (yes, Emily Carr is in there), Visions has one of my favourite pieces, the awe-inspiring  Cetology, 2002, by Brian Jungen, a replica of the endangered bowhead whale made entirely from white plastic chairs that must be seen to be believed.

Brian Jungen Cetology, 2002 plastic chairs Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery Photo by Trevor Mills

Visceral Bodies is at the VAG until May 16, 2010. Visions of British Columbia runs through April 18, 2010.

Definitely don’t miss Leonardo da Vinci: Mechanics of Man, at the VAG through May 2, 2010.

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2 Responses to Visceral Bodies & Visions of British Columbia at the Vancouver Art Gallery

  1. Renat

    How many chairs were used to build this whale???

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