Go big or go home often seems the reigning credo of the contemporary art world. It’s something true for Arsenal Toronto, which opened last year in a 720-square-metre repurposed industrial space in the city’s funky-but-gentrifying Bloordale neighbourhood. Now the gallery has mounted a group exhibition equal to the size of its space and its artistic ambitions. Called Like Thunder Out of China, it features works in a variety of media by 13 contemporary artists from the People’s Republic as well as a selection of videos. Couple this with the Ai Weiwei retrospective opening Aug. 17 at the Art Gallery of Ontario and it seems Toronto is the place to be in Canada if you’re looking for a potent distillation of art trends and provocations in the world’s largest country. The Arsenal show had an almost five-month run earlier this year at the gallery’s spacious headquarters in Montreal and, once its Toronto iteration wraps Oct. 5, the works head to Belgium. The exhibition is curated by Paris-based Chinese art specialist Pia Camilla Copper and Margot Ross, a Montreal art consultant.