May 26, 2017

Art scene: Monet in bloom

Nymphéas (1903) by Claude Monet is just one of the artist’s works that will be on display this summer at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

This summer, the VAG holds a blockbuster exhibition of works by the founding father of Impressionism

By Shawn Conner

Vancouver Art Gallery

The VAG is calling Claude Monet’s Secret Garden the most important exhibition of the French painter’s work in Canada in two decades. The exhibit traces the career of this pivotal figure, whose 1872 painting Impression: Sunrise gave a name to the Impressionist movement, through 38 paintings spanning the course of his career. Coming from the collection of the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, the exhibit surveys the diversity of subjects in his art, from the portrayal of modern life in his early figure studies to the inventive treatment of light in his scenes of the Parisian countryside and views of the River Thames.
Claude Monet’s Secret Garden runs June 24 to Oct. 1, 2017.
750 Hornby St., 604-662-4700

Inspired and in Focus by Marleen Vermeulen, on display at Kurbatoff.

Museum of Anthropology

From Sumerian cuneiform inscriptions and Qu’ranic manuscripts to Chinese calligraphy and Afghan graffiti, texts evoke both the ephemeral and eternal. Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia is a multimedia exhibition that examines the physical traces of words—spoken and recorded—that are unique to humans. Curated by Dr. Fuyubi Nakamura, the exhibit features works by international artists Shamsia Hassani, Kimura Tsubasa, Hisao Yugami, Nortse, Phaptawan Suwannakudt and teamLab. The exhibit will also showcase two works from the Aga Khan Museum, as well as highlights from MOA’s Asian collection including calligraphy by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen.
Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia continues until Oct. 9.
Museum of Anthropology, 6393 NW Marine Dr.

Tent Site, Arctic Station, Greenland by Tara Nicholson, a limited-edition pigment print at Burnaby Art Gallery.

Burnaby Art Gallery

Science meets art in Tara Nicholson’s Arctic Claims. Using large-scale photography and video, Nicholson documents, questions and visualizes scientific work that is currently taking place in remote and often disputed territories. For the pieces in this show, she draws from travels to Western Greenland and Inuvik to illuminate what is occurring in our changing environment.
Tara Nicholson: Arctic Claims, June 2 to July 2, 2017.
6344 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby, 604-297-4422

Crescent by Hisao Yugami features Sumi ink on gasen paper mounted on wood panel, from the MOA collection.

Kurbatoff Gallery

Originally from the Netherlands, Marleen Vermeulen eventually settled on the Sunshine Coast, where she finds inspiration in the beauty of her surroundings. She captures this natural splendour in oversized oil paintings. According to her artist statement, “My intention is to capture the beauty, the expanse and the feeling that the landscape radiates, so that I can share my interpretation of this special moment with others. For me it’s really more about re-creating an experience rather than producing a painting.”
Marleen Vermeulen runs until June 8.
2435 Granville St., 604-736-5444

Back Gallery Project

In his work, Montreal-based ceramicist Laurent Craste explores the multiple layers of meaning of decorative objects. The porcelain vase, in particular, comes under fire (so to speak) as Craste appropriates this archetypal figure for his artistic interventions. According to Kate Sierzputowski, writing at, “Craste intervenes with history, morphing the staid and decorative nature of each vase or dish into a moment of comical misfortune. These accidents that are not necessarily happy ones, but ones that involve knives, bats, and nails penetrating each piece.”
Laurent Craste: Revolution’s Small Collateral Damage, June 8 to July 1 .
602 E. Hastings Street, 604-336-7633

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