Brian Jungen, Vancouver Art Gallery take spotlight at Shanghai Biennale

Artist Brian Jungen, famous for everything from repurposing Nike running shoes into First Nations masks to fashioning plastic patio chairs into a giant suspended whale skeleton, is set to take the spotlight at the Shanghai Biennale.

The Vancouver Art Gallery has been chosen to feature the work of Jungen at the Vancouver Pavilion.For the first time in its 16-year history, the Shanghai event is presenting city pavilions. Vancouver is the only Canadian city to be selected.

Daina Augaitis, chief curator/associate director at the VAG, is curating the Jungen exhibition, which opens on October 2.

The Vancouver Pavilion will feature some of the artist’s signature works, including Prototypes for New Understanding and Cetology. Many of the works on exhibit will be from the VAG's permanent collection.

The theme of the biennale is reactivation--a perfect theme for Jungen.

About 600,000 to 800,000 people are expected to visit the pavilions.