Early bird tickets on sale August 16 for Patricia Piccinini's bizarre and hyperreal sculpture exhibit at Vancouver Biennale

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      Odd, bizarre, disturbing, and grotesque: these are just some of the words that have been used to describe the eerily lifelike human-animal-hybrid sculptures of Australian art star Patricia Piccinini.

      Now, early-bird ticket sales are going on sale Thursday (August 16) for a rare showing of her work in a coolly unconventional space here.

      Piccinini’s Curious Imaginings takes over a wing of the Patricia Hotel in Strathcona from September 14 to December 15 as part of the 2018-20 Vancouver Biennale.

      The event will mark the artist’s first exhibition in a nonmuseum setting.

      The idea is that the intimate hotel setting will allow visitors to look hard issues up-close and in-the-face, as Piccinini poses provocative questions about genetic research, human interference, and advances and biotech.

      Piccinini's work is instantly recognizable and unforgettable. Her creatures have warm hazel eyes, and delicate hair sprouting from their pinkish folds of skin. One of her most famous pieces, 2002's The Young Family, features one such being, with long floppy ears, wrinkled pale skin, and disturbingly humanlike fingers and toes, two pups suckling at her teats. 

      Patricia Piccinini's The Welcome Guest.

       

      The entire run will have a limited capacity for up to 40,000 attendees. That's a number that pales next to her 2016 exhibition in Sao Paulo, which drew 450,00 visitors and made it one of the most widely attended contemporary-art exhibits in the world.

      The early bird tickets are available at a reduced rate of $14 for adults, $11 for students and seniors, and $35 for a family of four, plus fees.

      Find them here or at Eventbrite.

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