Vancouver Art Gallery to receive a historic monetary gift for a new home

The Vancouver Art Gallery’s new design will also be released at the media event.

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The largest single monetary donation to a public art gallery in Canadian history will be announced Thursday at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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A media release on Wednesday states that Michael Audain, businessman and art philanthropist, and Anthony Kiendl, CEO and CEO of VAG, are participating in the announcement.

Melanie Mark, Provincial Secretary of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sports, and Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart are also listed.

“A statement will reveal details of the largest single monetary donation to an art gallery in Canadian history to support the construction of the new Vancouver Art Gallery,” the statement said.

Likewise, photos of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s new design will be released at the media event.

Earlier this year, Audain told Postmedia that he was confident about the future of the new VAG.

“I am very pleased with the new director and I am ready to help in the way I can,” he said.

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In 2008, the province of BC announced that it was donating $ 50 million to a new gallery. Since then, the city of Vancouver has contributed a site bounded by Dunsmuir, Beatty, West Georgia and Cambie known as Larwill Park. VAG has chosen a building design by the Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron.

In October 2020, Kiendl told Postmedia that the construction of a new gallery was one of the reasons he was hired.

“Vancouver certainly not only deserves, but requires, a large center for the visual arts that reflects its status in the visual arts world internationally,” he said.

kevingriffin@postmedia.com

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