An immersive sculpture exhibition, Patricia Piccinini’s Curious Imaginings at Patricia Hotel, comes to Vancouver this September as part of the 2018-2020 Vancouver Biennale. In what is expected to become one of North America’s most talked-about art events of the year, Curious Imaginings by globally renowned Melbourne artist Patricia Piccinini will see the intersection of art, science, and ethics. For the first time in the Biennale’s fifteen years of creating transformative experiences through public art, and in keeping with the 2018 – 2020 theme of re-IMAGE-n, the exhibition will take over the unconventional interior space of the Patricia Hotel.
The hyperrealist “world of oddly captivating, somewhat grotesque, human-animal hybrid creatures” will be the artist’s first exhibition in a non-museum setting, transforming a wing of the 105-year-old Patricia Hotel. Situated in Vancouver’s oldest and continually changing neighbourhood of Strathcona, Piccinini’s immersive sculpture experience will “challenge us to explore the social impacts of emerging biotechnology and our ethical limits in an age where genetic engineering and digital technologies are already pushing the boundaries of humanity.” The intimate hotel setting for Curious Imaginings will empower visitors to personally consider questions posed by the exhibition, including the promises and consequences of genetic research and human interference.
Curious Imaginings will run at the Patricia Hotel from September 14 until December 15 with a capacity for up to 40,000 attendees. Patricia Piccinini’s most ambitious exhibition ever Curious Affection exhibition just closed on August 5th at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane and brought a record attendance. Her 2016 exhibition in Brazil attracted almost 450,000 visitors, making it one of the most widely attended contemporary art exhibitions in the Americas.
Limited Early Bird Price tickets for Patricia Piccinini’s Curious Imaginings at Patricia Hotel are available from August 16 to September 13 at the reduced rate of $14 for adults, $11 for students and seniors, and $35 for a family of four (plus fees) at www.imcurious.ca and Eventbrite.
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