A 1955 pencil sketch imagining a futuristic Vancouver by renowned architect Arthur Erickson headlines “Gesamtkunstwerk”, an exhibition showing Vancouver’s architectural coming of age from the 1950s through 2018. The exhibition takes its name from a German word coined in the 1820s and popularized by composer Richard Wagner; it means “life as a total work of art”. “Gesamtkunstwerk” was curated by design historian Trevor Boddy and developed by Westbank Projects and the Bjarke Ingels Group, who also designed Vancouver House, a defining 52-storey twisting tower that will rise at the north end of the Granville Bridge in 2018. The multimedia exhibition delves into the evolution of our city’s skyline and offers a prelude to changes ahead.
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“Gesamtkunstwerk” runs from March 22 to May 18 at 1460 Howe Street in Vancouver. Entry is free of charge. Visit www.gwerk.ca for more information.