Vancouver Art Gallery Introduces Institute of Asian Art

Today the Vancouver Art Gallery announced the launch of its new Institute of Asian Art — an initiative that will add an endowed senior curator of Asian art, permanent exhibition space, and a host of programming dedicated to the region — with a special emphasis on art from China, India, Japan, and Korea. The museum has already announced two major exhibitions dedicated to China: “The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors” and “Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art.”

“The City of Vancouver has one of the fastest growing Asian communities in North America and is one of the most important gateways to the Asia Pacific. For the past 25 years, the Gallery has been at the forefront of the incredible exchange of art and ideas between these two regions, and we are thrilled to continue building upon this commitment with the launch of the Institute of Asian Art,” museum director Kathleen Bartels said in a statement. “With dedicated curatorial leadership and the support of an international network of advisors, the Institute of Asian Art will be an important resource for our community, stimulating new dialogue and further strengthening the ties between Vancouver and the Asian Pacific region.”

— Ashton Cooper (ashton_cooper)

(Photo: Melissa Baker)