Our Exhibits

The Vancouver Art Gallery presents exhibitions of work by artists ranging from historic masters to leading-edge contemporaries. These include major thematic exhibitions, presentations of solo artists and smaller, more focused showcases. In a typical year, 2 to 3 exhibitions are borrowed from other institutions and 10 to 12 exhibitions are developed in-house, drawing on our permanent collection and loans of works from around the world. In addition, the Gallery tours a few of its exhibitions each year.

Current Exhibitions

Painted Past

Painted Past: A History of Canadian Painting from the Collection

June 28 to October 19, 2014

The Vancouver art gallery has the most important collection of Canadian art in British Columbia. Featuring works from the Gallery's permanent collection, Painted Past traces the history of painting in both Canada and the province. The exhibition includes works by such artists as BC Binning, Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, Frederick Varley and David Milne, as well as contemporary figures such as Attila Richard Lukacs, Etienne Zack and Joanne Tod. Read more.

Visionary Partner for Permanent Collection Exhibitions:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation


Generously Supported by:
Marietta E. Hurst, Martin and Sally Parker



Additional Support:
Belfor

On Stage: Recent Acquisitions

On Stage: Recent Acquisitions

June 28 to October 19, 2014

This exhibition comprises recent acquisitions to the Vancouver Art Gallery's permanent collection. Featured works present the figure as an actor staged within a landscape steeped in cultural significance. Ranging from historic to contemporary, On Stage includes work by Kati Cambell, Angela Grossman, Ken Lum, Michael Morris, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun and many others. Read more.

Visionary Partner:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation


Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller

Lost in the Memory Palace: Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller

June 21 to September 21, 2014

Lost in the Memory Palace, a selected survey, takes as its focus Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller's work from the mid-1990s to today. Presenting key early installations such as The Dark Pool (1995) and The Muriel Lake Incident (1999) and recent works including The Killing Machine (2007) and Experiment in F# Minor (2013), the exhibition offers an opportunity to consider the important role of the room in their art. For Cardiff and Miller the room offers shelter from a stormy world. It is a place to withdraw and to convalesce; it is a site of mystery and danger, and in some instances, of death. Read more.

Visionary Partner for BC Artists:
David Aisenstat


Visionary Partner for Publications:
The Richardson Family


Generously Supported by:
Rick Erickson and Donna Partridge, Joan Anderson,
Sherry Killam, and Bruce Munro Wright



Exhibition publication generously supported by:
BC Arts Council

Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything

Douglas Coupland:
everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything

May 31 to September 1, 2014

Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything is the first major survey exhibition of the artist's work and will be presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery from May 31-September 1, 2014. Douglas Coupland is an artist based in West Vancouver whose remarkably prolific production across a diverse range of media over the past 12 years addresses the singularity of Canadian culture, the ubiquity and power of language, as well as the ever-pervasive presence of technology in everyday life. Read more

Visit the exhibition website to learn more.

Presenting Sponsor:
Supporting Sponsors:  
Keg TD Metro News Starbucks

Generous support from:
Vancouver Foundation The Artworkers Retirement Society Gary R. Bell

Visionary Partner for Publications:
The Richardson Family
Gumhead

Douglas Coupland
Gumhead
TD NEXT

May 31 to September 1, 2014

In conjunction with Douglas Coupland's solo exhibition, the Vancouver Art Gallery has commissioned a site-specific public sculpture located on the grassy mound on the Howe Street side of the Gallery. Gumhead is a seven-foot tall self-portrait that the artist has described as "a gum-based, crowd-sourced, publicly interactive, social-sculpture self-portrait." Read more

Babak Golkar

Offsite
Babak Golkar

April 25 to September 28, 2014

Vancouver-Based artIst Babak Golkar will present several large terracotta pots at Offsite. Each vessel is uniquely designed to contain a scream, providing a unique location for viewers to release excess feelings encountered in the everyday. Both clever and playful, Golkar's installation takes a critical look at the effects of increased expectations and anxiety in contemporary society. Read more.

Visionary Partner:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation


Out of Sight

Out of Sight
New Acquisitions

March 29 to September 1, 2014

Out of Sight: New Acquisitions features works that have been added, through donation or purchase, to the Gallery's collection over the past three years, many of which will be on view for the first time. The exhibition is centred on the recent donation of 80 photographs by Harold Edgerton, who is credited with inventing ultra high-speed stroboscopic photography to capture events that occur too quickly to be viewed by the human eye. Taking Edgerton's remapping of the possibilities of space and time as a thematic starting point, New Acquisitions explores artists' engagement with ideas around perception and representation, challenging viewers to reconsider what it is we see in our everyday encounters.

Visionary Partner:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation