The Vancouver Art Gallery has launched a new initiative committed to advancing scholarship and public appreciation of Asian art. The Institute of Asian Art will expand and further develop the Gallery’s exhibitions, public programs, and permanent collections dedicated to the visual arts of Asia, with particular focus on China, India, Japan and Korea.
The Gallery has also created a new senior curatorial position for Asian art and will form an international advisory council to help support the Institute’s programs. There are also plans to dedicate permanent space in the Gallery's new building to Asian art.
The Institute's programs will focus on historical and contemporary Chinese art, and include the Gallery's current exhibition, The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors as well as the upcoming exhibition Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Contemporary Chinese Art, opening November 15, featuring the work of three generations of contemporary Chinese artists.