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Masters of West Coast Modernism

September 12, 2017

On September 12th, the West Coast Modern League launches the first in a series of receptions celebrating the work and enduring legacy of outstanding west coast modern masters. This event, offered in collaboration with the West Vancouver Museum, will celebrate the creative contributions of Barry Downs, Zoltan Kiss, Blair MacDonald, Geoffrey Massey, and Arthur Müdry, and their pivotal roles in the shaping and evolution of the west coast modern design ethos.

Resting on the ideals that architecture is rooted in its place by form and materiality, responsive to its climate and other natural forces, and enriched by the integration of artistic influences, west coast modernism is a design movement that has shaped, and continues to inform, the architectural identity and lifestyle of Canada’s west coast. This unique, regional and vernacular approach to modernism is widely recognized and attributed to built works throughout Greater Vancouver and the southern coastal areas of British Columbia, beginning with the 1941 B.C. Binning House — a National Historic Site of Canada.

Forming part of this rich design history, the five special guests have had an indelible impact on the built environment, each offering unique values and artistic inspiration in their architectural practice. Joined by these west coast modern masters, this reception will feature a presentation of their architectural works, along with mementos, artefacts and artistic works of personal and continued significance to their design process. Admission is by donation and open to the public.

West Vancouver Museum, 680 17th Street, West Vancouver, BC

September 12th, 6 to 8 pm.

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