The Rennie Museum opened in 2009 in the historic Wing Sang building in Vancouver's Chinatown. The Wing Sang building is the oldest in the area which adds to the artistic elements of the museum's contents. Even the message on the building's exterior, "Everything Is Going To Be Alright", was thoughtfully placed. The inspirational neon sign was created by Martin Creed. Creed's work is featured inside the museum as well.
The Rennie Museum is privately funded and is a collection provided by Bob Rennie. Rennie, who is an art collector and real estate marketer, amassed more than 1500 contemporary works-of-art over three decades. Rennie's vision of having a museum that features pieces from artists of varying backgrounds with socially relevant messages is realized in each exhibit.
The collection is one of the largest of its kind in all of Canada! Pieces of Rennie's collection have been on display in some of the world's most esteemed institutions like the Guggenheim, Smithsonian, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Contemporary art connoisseurs may know the names of some of the museum's featured artists like Rebecca Warren, Simon Starling, and John Baldessari. This museum is a must-see when in Vancouver.
The Rennie Museum is currently closed until February of 2020 as the upcoming exhibit is being prepared. The upcoming exhibition, titled Spring 2019: Collected Works, will feature works of several artists whose creations use classic elements like photography, painting, and film to convey their messages. Sure to be poignant, relevant, and thought-provoking, this exhibition will inspire and inform—sure to be well worth the wait.
While you're in Vancouver taking in the beautiful scenery, eating deliciously fresh seafood and experiencing all the city has to offer, be sure to put a visit to the Rennie Museum on the list. Click the link below to get all the latest updates and information to help you plan your visit.
(Cover Image Credit: "Christy Clark - Rennie Collection - Wing Sang Building - Vancouver" by Kris Krug is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 )