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.

Touring Exhibitions

Across the Province

made possible with the generous support of the Killy Foundation

Across the Province is the Vancouver Art Gallery’s provincial touring program, which circulates exhibitions drawn from the Gallery’s permanent collection to partner institutions throughout British Columbia. Partners include: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Kamloops Art Gallery; Kelowna Art Gallery; Surrey Art Gallery; The Reach Gallery Museum, Abbotsford; Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George; and Nanaimo Art Gallery.



Lawren Harris
Mount Thule, Bylot Island, 1930
oil on paperboard
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery,
The Parnell Bequest

Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary

Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary is a touring version of the major career retrospective of Harris’ work that drew large and enthusiastic crowds to the Vancouver Art Gallery in the spring of 2014. This iteration presents a focused survey of Group of Seven founding member Lawren Stewart Harris, who played a major role in the early 20th century history of Canadian painting and was profoundly influential in the British Columbia art community for many decades.

Featuring a selection of key works from the Vancouver Art Gallery's permanent collection, the exhibition traces Harris' artistic evolution from the early years of the 20th century to his groundbreaking work as a member of the Group of Seven, whose art transformed the language of Canadian landscape painting. The exhibition also highlights his later experiments in abstraction, reflecting his efforts to root his work in a universal language rather than a specific representation of the landscape.

Kamloops Art Gallery
July 15 – September 9, 2017

Nanaimo Museum
September 30 – November 30, 2017

Two Rivers Gallery
April 12 – July 8, 2018

Organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery with the generous support of the Killy Foundation and curated by Ian M. Thom, Senior Curator–Historical.

National/International

The Vancouver Art Gallery presents approximately 15 temporary exhibitions annually, from which it selects major in-house curated exhibitions to travel to museums and galleries across Canada and around the world.



Hu Die
photograph, year unknown
Courtesy of the Poon Family

Butterfly Wu: Queen of the Movies

Hu Die Wu (1908–1989), also known by her English name Butterfly Wu, was a legend in Chinese cinema and the first film star to receive international recognition in China. On display are 205 rare photographs depicting the memorable grace of Butterfly Wu. On generous loan from the Poon Family, many of these photos have not been publicly exhibited until now.

Taikang Space – Beijing, China
August 10 – September 23, 2017

Shanghai Centre of Photography – Shanghai, China
January 20 – March 18, 2018

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Institute of Asian Art and curated by Zheng Shengtian, Adjunct Director, Asian Art, Vancouver Art Gallery; Diana Freundl, Associate Curator of Asian Art, and Li Zhen, Film Historian at the China Film Archive, Beijing. Artworks courtesy of the Poon Family

To learn more about our available touring exhibitions, please contact curatorial@vanartgallery.bc.ca