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

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

June 9 to September 30, 2018

Cabin Fever offers a historical and cultural survey of the cabin in North America—from the settlement of the frontier to the contemporary depictions feverishly circulated across the Internet. Featuring architectural models, drawings and full-scale interventions, as well as art, literature, photography and film, Cabin Fever will reveal how this architectural form has helped to shape a larger cultural identity. Read more.


David Milne: Modern Painting

David Milne: Modern Painting

June 16 to September 9, 2018

David Milne: Modern Painting documents an artistic career that spanned the first half of the 20th century, bringing together more than eighty works in oil and watercolour, never-before-exhibited photographs and drawings, and memorabilia collected by Milne during his time in Europe as an official war artist. The exhibition follows Milne’s artistic development from the bustling sidewalks of New York to the war-torn landscapes of northern France and finally to the woods, fields and skies of the northeastern United States and Canada. Read more.


Site Unseen

Site Unseen

June 16 to September 9, 2018

Artists in Site Unseen may begin with a documentary impulse to record the landscape; however their diverse production strategies ultimately create uncanny results. This exhibition reveals artists’ fascination with the camera’s ability to describe the world, while recognizing the play between reality and artifice that inevitably shapes every such account, ultimately questioning the idea of a photograph as a factual record. Read more.


Offsite: Shigeru Ban

Offsite: Shigeru Ban

May 11 to October 8, 2018

In 1995 a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the coast of Japan with its epicentre at the major port city of Kobe. More than 6,000 people were killed and 200,000 made homeless. A young Tokyo-based architect—Shigeru Ban—known for his innovative work utilizing paper and cardboard tubing as a building material, was invited to respond to the urgent need for temporary relief shelter. Read more.


Emily Carr in Dialogue with Mattie Gunterman

Emily Carr in Dialogue with Mattie Gunterman

April 28 to September 3, 2018

This exhibition draws on the Vancouver Art Gallery’s extensive holdings of Emily Carr’s work to reflect her direct engagement with and great affection for British Columbia’s landscape which, for her, was a site of artistic and spiritual inquiry. Like Carr, much of Mattie Gunterman’s oeuvre reflected her engagement with the wilderness around her, which she documented with images of friends, campsites, trappers, prospectors, miners and day-to-day pioneer life. Read more.


BOMBHEAD

BOMBHEAD

March 3 to June 17, 2018

BOMBHEAD is a thematic exhibition organized by guest curator John O’Brian that explores the emergence and impact of the nuclear age as represented by artists and their art. Strongly associated with obliteration and destruction, nuclear technologies have had a profound cultural and ecological impact since their development in the mid-20th century. Read more.