We Bought The Seagram Building, Vancouver-based artist Lucas Soi’s first exhibition with Ever Gold gallery, explores the architecture of capitalism and the economic effects of globalization.
In 1958 the Canadian company Joseph E. Seagram & Sons comissioned German architect Mies van der Rohe to design their American headquarters in New York City. The skyscraper became one of the most influential architectural designs of the 20th century. In 2000 the Seagram Company Ltd. was acquired by Vivendi, a French conglomerate. In 2009, at the bottom of the worldwide economic recession, Lucas Soi bought back the Seagram Building from its French owners, returning it to Canadian ownership.
Lucas Soi is a Vancouver-based artist and curator living in Toronto, Canada. Recent exhibitions include MASS MoCA (Massachusetts); Access Gallery (Vancouver, B.C.); The Shooting Gallery (San Francisco); and Aqua Art Miami (Miami).