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GRAND HOTEL
Redesigning Modern Life


April 13 to September 15, 2013
Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery
Co-curated by Jennifer M. Volland, Guest Curator, and Bruce Grenville, Senior Curator,
with Assistant Curator Stephanie Rebick

Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life charted the evolution of the hotel from an isolated and utilitarian structure
to a cultural phenomenon that figures prominently around the world.
The exhibition’s three main themes — travel, design and the social — considered the vital role of travel and
design in the development of the hotel, as well as the hotel’s important role as a site of social interaction and RIGHT: Installation view of MadeIn Company, Calm, 2013, waterbeds, motors and reclaimed debris.
cultural production. Each theme spoke to a critical force that has given shape and meaning to the hotel. Together LEFT: Installation view of the Waldorf Astoria, New York in Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life.
they told the collective story of this important built form, elucidating its prominence in the public consciousness
and reflecting the nature of the hotel itself: engaging, innovative, provocative, ephemeral.

Presenting Sponsor: The Keg Steakhouse + Bar
Supporting Sponsor: American Express Bank of Canada
Generously Supported by: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, The Artworkers Retirement Society
Additional support for the publication: Furthermore, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund




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