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.

Past Exhibitions


Pictures From Here

Pictures From Here

May 19 to September 4, 2017

Beginning in the late 1970s artists such as Ian Wallace, Jeff Wall, Christos Dikeakos and Rodney Graham developed intellectually rigorous approaches to photography. Breaking with the romantic landscape tradition that dominated art making and collecting in Vancouver well into the 1970s, they developed practices that both articulated an affinity with the avant-garde projects of early modernism and uniquely acknowledged the specific place and historical moment in which they were working.
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Co-Presenting Sponsors:


Visionary Partner for Photography Exhibitions:
Miles, Maureen and Larry Lunn

Major support generously provided by:
The Wesik Family
Naudia and Mark Maché

Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver

March 4 to May 28, 2017

June 2017 marks the 20-year anniversary of the transfer of Hong Kong sovereignty from the United Kingdom to mainland China. In the lead up to the handover, tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents immigrated to Canada, many choosing to settle in Vancouver, and among them were a significant number of artists.

IAA  Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver is part of the Vancouver Art Gallery's Institute of Asian Art exhibition programing which features historical, contemporary and emerging international and local Asian artists

Founding Corporate Visionary Partner
for the Institute of Asian Art
Visionary Partners:
Liu Bao, Wang Ying
and Liu Manzhao

Major Exhibition Support:
Angela Bi

Additional support:
Amelia Gao
Don and Barbara Stuart

Supporting Sponsor:

Additional support from Founding Members of the IAA Development Committee:
Shawn He, Liu Junjun, Guo Quan Peng, Fiona Yang,
Yin Qing, Vivian Zhang, Cathy Zuo

Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy

March 4 to May 28, 2017

Retainers of Anarchy is a solo exhibition featuring new work from Howie Tsui that considers wuxia as a narrative tool for dissidence and resistance. Wuxia, a traditional form of martial arts literature that expanded into 20th century popular film and television, was created out of narratives and characters often from lower social classes that uphold chivalric ideals against oppressive forces during unstable times.

Generously supported by:
Sherry Killam

Susan Point: Spindle Whorl

February 18 to May 28, 2017

Over the past three and a half decades, Musqueam artist Susan Point has received wide acclaim for her accomplished and remarkably wide-ranging oeuvre that forcefully asserts the vitality of Coast Salish culture, both past and present. Read more.

Major Sponsor:

Supporting Sponsors:
Hemlock Printers

Generously supported by:
The McLean Foundation

Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family

Visionary Partner for BC Artist Exhibitions:
David Aisenstat

Support for the publication is provided by the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Endowment for Research and Publications.