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Artists, designers and tastemakers came out for the latest exhibition in the modern gallery.
This past Saturday night, the glitterati joined Vancouver marketer—and respected modern art collector—Bob Rennie for the opening of the Winter exhibit at the Rennie Museum. (Rennie opened the Rennie Museum in 2009 to feature works from the Rennie Collection, a leading collection of contemporary art that focuses on issues related to identity, social commentary and injustice, appropriation, and the nature of painting and photography.)Although Rennie never titles his shows, the central theme of his latest works mined from his extensive private collection is “chaos,” he says.Philanthropists Gerald and Sheahan McGavin were among art enthusiasts that attended the recent show featuring 41 prominent and emerging artists.Interior designer Jack Brown and his partner, realtor Marty Staniforth checked out the major group exhibition at the Rennie Museum in Chinatown’s Wing Sang Building.Bob Rennie ‘s Winter Collection addresses pertinent issues, from migratory displacement to an in-depth examination of identity and history.Gordon Smith Gallery director Wing Chow and Man-About-Town Fred Lee took in the opening night reception in Chinatown. Rennie’s 12th instalment brought tough topics such as AIDS, racism and mental health into conversations.Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education founder Victor Chan and Globe and Mail Managing Editor Susanne Martin took in the multi-level exhibit in Chinatown.Publicist Shannon Heth-Vergette and artist George Vergette made the art scene in Chinatown. The Winter Collection will be on display until April 23.Hundreds filed into the Rennie Museum for a look into Bob Rennie’s newest show, which dares visitors to to stop looking at the world’s chaos in isolation, instead seeing the world in accumulation. Ai Weiwei‘s Coloured Vases challenges cultural beliefs about rarity and historical value by dipping seven Han Dynasty era vases into buckets of industrial paint, depriving the objects of their past and besmirching their historic value.