Rennie Museum opened in October 2009 to feature art from Rennie Collection. The dynamic exhibitions, showcasing works by artists from around the world, are open free to the public through engaging guided tours. The museum’s commitment to providing access to arts and culture is also expressed through its education program, which offers free age-appropriate tours and customized workshops to children of all ages.
Simon Starling: Collected Works
The intricate work of British artist Simon Starling is the subject of the latest exhibition held at Rennie Museum. This marks the first time the Turner Prize recipient has held a solo exhibition in the West Coast since 2002. Starling’s practice explores meditations on fundamental ideas about sculpture, mass, and material, an exercise that stimulates alternative views of our modern world. His multilayered, multimedia works at the historic Wing Sang building will map a complex network of spatial and temporal journeys that dislocate the museum-goer.BOOK A TOUR
Rennie Collection, one of the largest collections of contemporary art in Canada, has evolved over a number of years to focus on works related to identity, social commentary and injustice, appropriation, painting and photography. The Collection is dedicated to the acquisition of both emerging and established international artists. Currently there are approximately 40 artists collected in depth with about 200 artists in total.
THE WING SANG
The Wing Sang building is the oldest in Vancouver Chinatown. The Victorian Italianate structure located at 51 East Pender Street was constructed in 1889 for Yip Sang, a prominent Chinese-Canadian businessman whose Wing Sang Company ﬂourished in an era when the Chinese faced discrimination and restrictions.
Rennie Museum started as an extension of our living room, where we entertain; it’ll just be for us. And then we thought, no; we have a duty to these artists to display it to the public.— Bob Rennie