ABOUT THE INSTITUTE OF ASIAN ART

Vancouver has become one of North America’s most important gateways to Asia, and the region now has one of the fastest growing Asian populations on the continent. Responding to the city’s geographic location on the eastern edge of the Pacific Rim, the cultural diversity of Vancouver and the numerous Asian art exhibitions presented over the last 30 years, the Vancouver Art Gallery announced the creation of the Institute of Asian Art in October 2014. It was launched simultaneously with the landmark exhibition The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors.

The Institute of Asian Art (IAA) is a comprehensive initiative committed to advancing scholarship and public appreciation of Asian art and is a platform for the creative talents of Asian artists living throughout the world. The Institute’s goals are to bring greater visibility to Asian art, increase engagement with Vancouver’s Asian communities and strengthen the connections between Vancouver and Asia. Building on the Gallery’s longstanding commitment to fostering cultural connections throughout the Pacific Rim, the IAA is dedicated to developing the Gallery’s leadership in exhibitions, public programs, collections and scholarship of the visual arts of Asia, with particular focus on China, India, Japan and Korea.

The Institute is integrated within the Vancouver Art Gallery and includes collaborations with other organizations.

Staff of the IAA includes Zheng Shengtian, esteemed Chinese scholar, curator and artist, as Adjunct Director of the Institute, and Diana Freundl, Associate Curator, Asian Art, who is working as the Vancouver Art Gallery’s first curator with a focus in this field.

THE COLLECTION

The Gallery has a long history of presenting Asian art in its exhibitions and is working to strengthen its holdings of contemporary art from Asia in the permanent collection by acquiring key works by major artists, particularly those who work in photography, use conceptual strategies and explore ideas of globalization and identity.


ASIAN ARTS COUNCIL

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Tour Liaisons welcome school groups and prepare them for their visit to the Gallery as well as assist during art-making workshops for students. Tour Liaison & Workshop Assistant shifts are three hours long on weekday mornings and afternoons.

Founding Members Of Asian Arts Council
  • The Audain Curator of British Columbia Art
  • Audain Emerging Artist Acquisition Fund
  • Audain Prize Endowment Fund
  • The Audain Curator of British Columbia Art
  • Audain Emerging Artist Acquisition Fund
  • Audain Prize Endowment Fund