MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture

February 20, 2016 - May 15, 2016

Marcel Duchamp
Fountain, 1917 (5th version 1964)
glazed ceramic whiteware with black oil paint
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Purchased 1971
© Estate of Marcel Duchamp/SODRAC (2016)
Photo: © National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Something Happened 100 Years Ago That Changed the Way We Think About Art and The Way We See the World. The Last Time This Happened They Called it the Renaissance, This Time We Called It Mashup.

From the moment that Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque undertook the revolutionary gesture of adding a rectangle of floral wallpaper, a newspaper headline or a scrap of sheet music to their compositions, they initiated an immediate and fundamental shift in European art.

The resulting explosion of mashup strategies employed across media and movements offers the clearest evidence of the relevance of this process to the growth of visual culture during the 20th century. From Marcel Duchamp to Jean-Luc Godard, Liz Magor to Isa Genzken, artists of diverse disciplines have adopted and reworked this creative strategy. Taking over all four floors of the Vancouver Art Gallery, this groundbreaking exhibition will offer an international survey of mashup culture, documenting the emergence and evolution of a mode of creativity that has grown to become the dominant form of cultural production in the early 21st century.


1st Floor      The Digital Age: Hacking, Remix and the Archive in the Age of Post-Production     February 20–May 15, 2016

Alvar Aalto / Cory Arcangel / John Ashbery / Dodie Bellamy / BIG / Valérie Blass / Chris Burke / William S. Burroughs / Alex Chan / ILL Clan / Danger Mouse / Simon Denny / Stan Douglas / T.S. Eliot / Geoffrey Farmer / Amber Frid-Jimenez / Ellen Gallagher / Isa Genzken / Girl Talk / Jacqueline Goss / H5 / Theresa Hak Kyung Cha / Rachel Harrison / April Hoffmann / The KLF / Barbara Kruger / Oliver Laric / Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid / MUJI / MVRDV / Negativland / Ken Okiishi / Elizabeth Price / Rooster Teeth Productions / DJ Shadow / Hito Steyerl / Palle Torsson / UJINO / Rosmarie Waldrop / Stanley Wong / Tobias Wong / Haegue Yang / Rachel Zolf / Kim Adams (ROBSON PLAZA: Robson & Howe Streets)

2nd Floor     Late 20th Century: Splicing, Sampling and the Street in the Age of Appropriation     February 20–May 15, 2016

Armando / Vikky Alexander / John Baldessari / Afrika Bambaataa / Fiona Banner / Jean-Michel Basquiat / Edo Bertoglio / David Byrne / Alison Chernick / John Miller Chernoff / Bruce Conner / Joseph Cornell / Tom Dixon / Stan Douglas / Eclectic Method / Brian Eno / Vadim Epstein / Dragan Espenschied / Barbara Ess / Fast Eddie / Deanna Ferguson / General Idea / Jack Goldstein / Grandmaster Flash / Gu Wenda / Keith Haring / Auriea Harvey / Michael Holman / Pierre Huyghe / David Ian Xtravaganza / JODI / Brian Jungen / Mike Kelley / Brian Kennon / The Kidd City Orchestra / Manfred Kirchheimer / Rem Koolhaas / Jeff Koons / Sherrie Levine / Olia Lialina / Jennie Livingston / Madonna / Liz Magor / Maison Martin Margiela / Christian Marclay / Masters at Work / Bruce Mau / Paul McCarthy / MFSB / OMA / Richard Prince / Qiu Zhijie / Chantal Regnault / Roc in Kato / Doris Salcedo / The Salsoul Orchestra / Michaël Samyn / Pierre Schaeffer / Quentin Tarantino / Technotronic featuring Felly / Robert Farris Thompson / Amos Tutuola / Rachel Whiteread / Xu Bing

3rd Floor     The Post-War: Cut, Copy and Quotation in the Age of Mass Media     February 20–June 12, 2016

9999 / George Barber / Dara Birnbaum / Bironic / Adrian Boot / Trisha Brown / John Cage / Achille Castiglioni / Pier Giacomo Castiglioni / Merce Cunningham / Guy Debord / Betty Ferguson / Kandy Fong / Frank Gehry / Jean-Luc Godard / Richard Hamilton / Here’s Luck / Nam June Paik / Diggory Kenrick / King Tubby / Lim / Arthur Lipsett / Lloyd and Kerry / Barbro Schultz Lundestam / Jeremy Marre / Obsessive 24 / Lee “Scratch” Perry / Robert Rauschenberg / Roy Richards / Pierre Schaeffer / Wayne Smith / Shadow Songs / Superstudio / Jean Tinguely / UFO / The Upsetters / Jacques Villeglé / Andy Warhol / Joyce Wieland / Jud Yalkut

4th Floor     Early 20th Century: Collage, Montage and Readymade at the Birth of Modern Culture     February 20–June 12, 2016

Georges Braque / Joseph Cornell / Marcel Duchamp / Brian Eno / Juan Gris / John Heartfield / Hannah Höch / Ken Jacobs / El Lissitzky / William Notman / Francis Picabia / Pablo Picasso / Dr. Franz Roh / Luigi Russolo / Kurt Schwitters / Jan Tschichold / Hans Wegner

Offsite: Elizabeth Zvonar
November 5, 2015 to May 1, 2016

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director, Bruce Grenville, Senior Curator, and Stephanie Rebick, Assistant Curator, with the assistance of an international team of contributing curators

  • Hannah Höch
    Untitled (Large Hand Over Woman’s Head), 1930
    Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Purchase 2012
    © Estate of Hannah Höch/SODRAC (2016)

  • Barbara Kruger
    Untitled (SmashUp), 2016
    site-specific installation at the Vancouver Art Gallery
    Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Presenting Sponsor:
Generously Supported by:

Artworkers Retirement Society Joy Chao and John Henshaw Sherry Killam


Visionary Partner for Scholarship
and Publications:
The Richardson Family



Co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing, 2016

Hardcover, 368 pages

Illustrations: 267

Editors: Daina Augaitis, Bruce Grenville, Stephanie Rebick

Contributors: Dawn Ades, Patrik Andersson, Isabelle Arvers, Daina Augaitis, John Baldessari, Nicolas Bourriaud, Nicholas Chambers, Francesca Coppa, Lisa Coulthard, Michael Darling, Kaat Debo, Guy Debord, Amelia Does, Marcel Duchamp, Todd Falkowsky, Diana Freundl, Amber Frid-Jimenez, Ellen Gallagher, Richard Goldstein, Inka Graeve Ingelmann, Bruce Grenville, Makiko Hara, Hannah Höch, Helen Hsu, Suzanne P. Hudson, Shelley Jackson, David Katz, Rem Koolhaas, Miwon Kwon, Peter Lang, Tim Lawrence, Olia Lialina, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, Kim Nguyen, Melanie O’Brian, Craig Owens, Tina Yee-wan Pang, Christine Poggi, J. Fiona Ragheb, Stephanie Rebick, Isabel Schulz, Christopher Scoates, Kathy Slade, Rob Stone, Ian M. Thom, Angela Dalle Vacche, David White, Gareth Williams, Nick Wright