15 photos from MashUp, Vancouver Art Gallery's largest exhibition ever

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Vancouver Art Gallery’s largest exhibition ever opens to the public on February 20, and promises to change the way we think about art and the way we see the world.

MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture traces the emergence and evolution of mashup culture, and will occupy the entire four floors of the Vancouver Art Gallery. The exhibition features more than 371 artworks by 156 artists, and is the first international survey to examine mashup’s development.

Bruce Grenville and Stephanie Rebick

Image: Bruce Grenville and Stephanie Rebick / Photo by Debra Zhou

“Mashup culture has a history that goes back over a century,” said Bruce Grenville, senior curator of MashUp. “Mashup is where different art maintains their individual identity and form, but in proximity with each other becomes something new. This exhibition highlights key events and new modes of creativity.”

Vancouver Art Gallery has spent nearly four years preparing MashUp, with 75 different museums, galleries and institutions from around the world lending art to the exhibition. Four distinct eras of mashup culture are spotlighted – the early-twentieth century, the post-war, the late twentieth century, and the twenty-first century – with video installations, sculptures, and music rooms.

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SEE ALSO: MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture at the Vancouver Art Gallery

“We crowdsourced the curation of the show,” said Stephanie Rebick, assistant curator of MashUp, “We worked with 27 contribution curators, who taught us new methodologies of harnessing knowledge. Artwork has come from as far away as Australia, Japan, China, Germany and across North America.”

Vancouver Art Gallery also offers an array of live events to get the most out of MashUp, including a performance by Tokyo-based artist UJINO on February 20, Family FUSE Weekend, and Weekly Family Programs during Spring Break 2016.

“Choose something you know as a MashUp starting point”, said Grenville. If you don’t know much about art but you love music, start there. You’ll soon find things that you didn’t know about that you will connect with.”

MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture opens at the Vancouver Art Gallery on February 20. For more information visit www.vanartgallery.bc.ca.

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Image: Revolver II, 1967 by Robert Rauschenberg / Photo by Daniel Chai

Brian Jungen, Prototype for New Understanding #11, 2002

Image: Prototype for New Understanding #11, 2002 by Brian Jungen / Photo by Daniel Chai

Installation view of Andy Warhol’s series Marilyn, 1967 and Electric Chairs, 1971

Image: Installation view of Marilyn, 1967 and Electric Chairs, 1971 by Andy Warhol / Photo by Daniel Chai

Installation view of MashUp

Image: Installation view of MashUp / Photo by Daniel Chai

Installation view of S-Space Mondial Festival No. 1

Image: Installation view of S-Space Mondial Festival No. 1 / Photo by Daniel Chai

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Image: Luigi Russolo and his assistant Ugo Piatti in his studio with the ntonarumori (noise machines), Milan, 1914–15 / Photo courtesy of Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto

Installation view of MashUp / Photo by Daniel Chai

Image: Installation view of MashUp / Photo by Daniel Chai

Sherrie Levine, Fountain (After Marcel Duchamp), 1991

Image: Fountain (After Marcel Duchamp), 1991 by Sherrie Levine / Photo by Daniel Chai

Image: Technology Transformation/Wonder Woman by Dara Birnbaum / Video Still courtesy Electronic Arts

Image: Technology Transformation/Wonder Woman by Dara Birnbaum / Video Still courtesy Electronic Arts

Image: Pelicans Staring at Woman with Nose Bleeding, 1984, John Baldessari / Photo courtesy of John Baldessari

Image: Pelicans Staring at Woman with Nose Bleeding, 1984, John Baldessari / Photo courtesy of John Baldessari

Isa Genzken, Empire/Vampire III, 16, 2004

Image: Empire/Vampire III, 16, 2004 by Isa Genzken / Photo by Daniel Chai

UJINO, Plywood City, 2008

Image: Plywood City, 2008 by UJINO / Photo by Daniel Chai

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Image: Glass Farm, Schijndel, The Netherlands (exterior view), 2008–13 by MVRDV / Photo by Daria Scagliola and Stijn Brakkee, courtesy of MVRDV

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