“MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture”, Vancouver 20 February – 12 June 2016

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Vancouver Art Gallery presents MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, from February 20 to June 12, 2016.

Barbara Kruger, “Untitled (SmashUp)” (2016), site-specific installation at the Vancouver Art Gallery (photo by Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery)

Barbara Kruger, “Untitled (SmashUp)” (2016), site-specific installation at the Vancouver Art Gallery (photo by Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery)

From the moment that Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque undertook the revolutionary gesture of adding a rectangle of floral wallpaper, a newspaper headline or a scrap of sheet music to their compositions, they initiated an immediate and fundamental shift in European art.

The resulting explosion of mashup strategies employed across media and movements offers the clearest evidence of the relevance of this process to the growth of visual culture during the 20th century. From Marcel Duchamp to Jean-Luc Godard, Liz Magor to Isa Genzken, artists of diverse disciplines have adopted and reworked this creative strategy. Taking over all four floors of the Vancouver Art Gallery, this ground-breaking exhibition will offer an international survey of mashup culture, documenting the emergence and evolution of a mode of creativity that has grown to become the dominant form of cultural production in the early 21st century.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is a not-for-profit organization supported by its members, individual donors, corporate funders, foundations, the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. We thank everyone for their continuing generosity.

MashUp is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director, Bruce Grenville, Senior Curator, and Stephanie Rebick, Assistant Curator, with the assistance of an international team of contributing curators.

 

in the featured image: Barbara Kruger, “Untitled (SmashUp)” (2016), site-specific installation at the Vancouver Art Gallery (photo by Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery)

 

 

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