VAG (Full exhibition up until May 15th): MashUp- The Birth of Modern Culture

“MashUp is a milestone exhibition for us. It is the largest show ever mounted by the Gallery, providing a comprehensive look at how the ‘collage’ emerged as a mode of artmaking in the early twentieth century and has evolved through the rapid uptake of technology and digital media to facilitate new modes of production in all fields of visual culture today,” said Kathleen S. Bartels, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery. “This broad and inclusive show presents a remarkable and diverse array of works through the lens of myriad voices and perspectives. We thank our many collaborators for their ingenuity and enthusiasm and look forward to welcoming our visitors to this extraordinary exhibition.”


Print allNoted as one of the most extensive exhibitions within its 85 year history, the Vancouver Art Gallery presents MashUp: The Birth Of Modern Culture, the first international survey to examine the development of the now-ubiquitous mode of art production known as “mashup”, collage or remix. The show overtakes the whole gallery space and has been on exhibit since February 20th. Half of the exhibition (first and second floor) is due for take down on May 15th, so be sure to check out this rare happening in the coming days.

The exhibition is organized in four chronological sub-sections that represent key periods in the history of mashup culture: starting at the very top, the early-twentieth century, followed by the post-war era within its third floor. The late twentieth and twenty-first centuries are spread through the second and first floors.

MashUp is a thorough investigation of how artists incorporated found images, objects, sounds and words into their work, starting with the movement’s emergence at the turn of the twentieth century and showing how it has become a dominant force in our world today. It features 371 works by 156 artists, filmmakers, architects, musicians and designers, such as Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Juan Gris, Hannah Höch, Joseph Cornell, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Nam June Paik, Jean-Luc Goddard, Frank Gehry, Dara Birnbaum, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Barbara Kruger, Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, John Baldessari, Sherrie Levine, Pierre Huyghe, Mike Kelley, Christian Marclay, Gu Wenda, Stan Douglas, Hito Steyerl, Isa Genzken, DJ Spooky and Tobias Wong, among many others.

The show covers nearly a century and a half and a broad range of media including photography, video, architecture, film, sculpture, graphic design, industrial design, drawing, painting, animation, music, digital media, illustration and fashion design. The exhibition traces how new technologies expanded the production and circulation of images, text and music—ranging from collages and readymades, to mass-media appropriation, to sampling and hacking–through works loaned from an extensive list of 75 private and public collections from eight countries around the globe.

MashUp is curated by the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Chief Curator/Associate Director Daina Augaitis, Senior Curator Bruce Grenville, and Assistant Curator Stephanie Rebick. In gkeeping with the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the exhibition, the gallery invited a diverse range of 30 local and international curators, scholars, artists, designers and architects to contribute to the scholarship and presentation of the exhibition and accompanying catalogue.

February 20–May 15, 2016

The Digital Age: Hacking, Remix and the Archive
in the Age of Post-Production


February 20–May 15, 2016

Late 20th Century: Splicing, Sampling and the Street
in the Age of Appropriation


February 20–June 12, 2016

The Post-War: Cut, Copy and Quotation in the Age of Mass Media

February 20–June 12, 2016

Early 20th Century: Collage, Montage and Readymade
at the Birth of Modern Culture



For More details about the exhibition, including a full list of artists and exhibition contributors, as well as related public events, can be found at


Check out some preview photos:

( All exhibition photos by Jennifer Latour)

Ken Okiishi
Tobias Wong
Jeff Koons
John Baldessari
unnamed-5John Baldessari
John Baldessari
John Baldessari
Maison Martin Margiela
Andy Warhol
unnamed-10Robert Rauschenbergunnamed-11Luigi Russolo

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