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Discovery

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Discovery

With a strong focus on topics that surround identity, social commentary, injustice and appropriation through works of painting, photography, sculpture and film, the Rennie Collection is one of Canada’s largest and most important collections of contemporary art.

Located in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, the Rennie Museum is a privately funded space displaying works from the contemporary collection of real estate marketer Bob Rennie. Two to three solo or group exhibitions presented throughout the year are curated from the Rennie Collection, which includes of over 1 700 works acquired in the last thirty years.

Exhibited artists include John Baldessari, Rodney Graham, Mona Hatoum, Thomas Houseago, Mike Kelley, Kerry James Marshall, Rebecca Warren, and Turner Prize winners Martin Creed and Simon Starling. The collection is active with acquisitions and loans to institutions worldwide.

Opened in 2009, the museum is the fruition of more than four years of thoughtful restoration and renovation, creating elegant, clean lines that integrate with the rich historic elements of the Wing Sang Building, a heritage designation and the oldest building in Chinatown.

Here, the Rennie Museum presents works from previous exhibitions.

Installation view of MARTIN CREED at the Rennie Museum. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Scott Massey
Installation view of MARTIN CREED at the Rennie Museum. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Scott Massey
RICHARD JACKSON, Rennie 101, 2009 - 2010. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Scott Massey
RICHARD JACKSON, Rennie 101, 2009 - 2010. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Scott Massey
RICHARD JACKSON, Glass Head, 2006. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Scott Massey
RICHARD JACKSON, Glass Head, 2006. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Scott Massey
LARA FAVARETTO, Coppie Semplici / Simple Couples, 2009. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
LARA FAVARETTO, Coppie Semplici / Simple Couples, 2009. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
LARA FAVARETTO, Coppie Semplici / Simple Couples (detail), 2009. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
LARA FAVARETTO, Coppie Semplici / Simple Couples (detail), 2009. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
RICHARD JACKSON, Pump Pee Doo, 2004 - 2005. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Scott Massey
RICHARD JACKSON, Pump Pee Doo, 2004 - 2005. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Scott Massey
SIMON STARLING, El Eco, 2014. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
SIMON STARLING, El Eco, 2014. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
SIMON STARLING, Project for a Masquerade (Hiroshima), 2010. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
SIMON STARLING, Project for a Masquerade (Hiroshima), 2010. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
Installation view of REBECCA WARREN at the Rennie Museum. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
Installation view of REBECCA WARREN at the Rennie Museum. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
MIRCEA CANTOR, Untitled Film, 2005. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
MIRCEA CANTOR, Untitled Film, 2005. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
TAVARES STRACHAN, I Belong Here (Exploded), 2011. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
TAVARES STRACHAN, I Belong Here (Exploded), 2011. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
MONA HATOUM, Hotspot, 2006. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Scott Massey
MONA HATOUM, Hotspot, 2006. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Scott Massey
AARON CURRY, The Monad Has Wheels (Wooden Knight), 2010; Untitled, 2010. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
AARON CURRY, The Monad Has Wheels (Wooden Knight), 2010; Untitled, 2010. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
LARA FAVARETTO, Tutti gui per terra, 2004. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
LARA FAVARETTO, Tutti gui per terra, 2004. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
JOHN BALDESSARI, Camel (Albino) Contemplating Needle (Large), 2013. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
JOHN BALDESSARI, Camel (Albino) Contemplating Needle (Large), 2013. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
Installation view of GLENN BROWN at the Rennie Museum. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
Installation view of GLENN BROWN at the Rennie Museum. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
MIKE NELSON, Le Cannibale (parody, consumption and institutional critique), 2008. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
MIKE NELSON, Le Cannibale (parody, consumption and institutional critique), 2008. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
Installation view of RODNEY GRAHAM at the Rennie Museum. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
Installation view of RODNEY GRAHAM at the Rennie Museum. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
MONA HATOUM, Over My Dead Body, 1988 - 2002. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Scott Massey
MONA HATOUM, Over My Dead Body, 1988 - 2002. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Scott Massey
MONA HATOUM, Undercurrent (red), 2008. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Scott Massey
MONA HATOUM, Undercurrent (red), 2008. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Scott Massey
MONA HATOUM, Misbah, 2006 - 2007. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Scott Massey
MONA HATOUM, Misbah, 2006 - 2007. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Scott Massey
LARA FAVARETTO, Boring (detail), 2010. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
LARA FAVARETTO, Boring (detail), 2010. Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Blaine Campbell
MARTIN CREED, Work No. 329, 2004 (installation view). Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Scott Massey
MARTIN CREED, Work No. 329, 2004 (installation view). Courtesy Rennie Museum, Vancouver. Photo: Scott Massey

The Rennie Collection is included in the Art Guide.

Read out interview with Bob Rennie HERE.