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

2016

sonny Assu

Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures

December 3, 2016 to April 17, 2017

The Vancouver Art Gallery is pleased to launch Vancouver Special, a triennial exhibition surveying contemporary art in Vancouver. Co-curated by Daina Augaitis and Jesse McKee, Ambivalent Pleasures, the first iteration within this series, assesses the arts activity and discourse in the city over the last five years. Presenting works by forty artists, the exhibition encompasses a range of approaches and reinvigorated explorations of surrealism, abstraction, atemporality and conceptual practices. Read more.

Generously supported by:
Artworkers Retirement Society
Chan Family Foundation
Phil Lind
Michael O’Brian Family Foundation


Supporting Sponsor:
PCL


Offsite: Khan Lee

Offsite: Khan Lee

November 5, 2016 to April 17, 2017

Vancouver artist Khan Lee creates Red, Green and Blue a time-based sculptural installation that uses light and colour to animate nature. Drawing on broad references of horizon lines and landscape art, Lee enables passers-by to visualize the wind. Read more.
Juxtapoz x Superflat

Juxtapoz x Superflat

November 5, 2016 to February 5, 2017

Juxtapoz x Superflat is a manifesto for new creative practices that can no longer be adequately described by the traditional categories of art and production. Presenting the work of more than 30 artists from Japan, China, Korea, Europe, the United States and Canada, this remarkable exhibition offers a unique insight into contemporary art and its place in cultural life. Read more.

Presenting Sponsors:
Brian and Andrea Hill

Walker Evans

Walker Evans: Depth of Field

October 29, 2016 to January 22, 2017

The American photographer Walker Evans (1903–1975) is among the most influential artists of the 20th century. Covering the full arc of his career, Walker Evans: Depth of Field presents the most comprehensive look at Evans’ work ever mounted in Canada. Read more.

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

Major support:
The Wesik Family

Additional support:
Christopher and Tara Poseley


This exhibition is made possible through support from


From the Collection: Stare

Stare

October 29, 2016 to January 22, 2017

Taking Walker Evans’ well known exhortation to “Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something” as a starting point, this exhibition will feature photographic works that evoke a fixed and concentrated gaze on the part of artist and viewer. Read more.
Wolfgang Paalen

Emily Carr

I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer:
Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia

July 1 to November 13, 2016

This first pairing of the Modernist painters Wolfgang Paalen (1905–1959) and Emily Carr (1871–1945) will tell the story of how the artists met in Victoria, British Columbia, in 1939, and how the creative vision of each expanded in reaction to the majestic landscape of British Columbia and the monumental art of the Northwest Coast First Nations. Find out more »

Generously supported by:
Gary Bell
Associates of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family

Additional support for the publication is provided by the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Endowment
Harry Callahan

Harry Callahan: The Street

June 11 to October 30, 2016

Harry Callahan (1912–1999) was one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century.
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Generously Supported by:
Shauna K. Woolley
Visionary Partner for Photography Exhibitions:
Miles, Maureen and Larry Lunn

                      An Agreeable State of Uncertainty

An Agreeable State of Uncertainty

June 11 to October 30, 2016

Selected from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s collection by artist Stephen Waddell, this exhibition takes the themes addressed in the work of the American photographer Harry Callahan as its starting point.
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NEXT: Stephen Waddell

NEXT: Stephen Waddell
Dark Matter Atlas

June 11 to October 30, 2016

This exhibition will feature a recent body of photographs in which Waddell has departed dramatically from the subject matter of his previous work by focusing on underground caverns in the United States, Canada and Lebanon—spaces once inaccessible that are now open to tourists.
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Presenting Sponsor:
Rogers
Generously Supported by:
Jane Irwin and Ross Hill
 
Visionary Partner for BC Artist Exhibitions:
David Aisenstat
Visionary Partner for Photography Exhibitions:
Miles, Maureen and Larry Lunn
Marina Roy

Offsite
Marina Roy: Your Kingdom to Command

June 2 to October 10, 2016

Marina Roy uses both natural and processed materials to create a 25 meter mural and tree fountain that stands out in contrast to the glass and concrete office towers in downtown Vancouver. Find out more »

Bharti Kher

BHARTI KHER Matter

July 9 to October 10, 2016

BHARTI KHER Matter is the artist’s first major North American survey. It features the diversity of Bharti Kher’s practice, incorporating elements of painting, photography and sculpture that have been the hallmarks of her international career over the past two decades. Kher’s artworks are varied in material, sensibility and subject matter, yet are bound together by her penetrating explorations into the meaning of human relationships, spirituality, the animal world and the role of the femininity in today’s society. Her work leaves us to ponder what it means to be human today.Find out more »


IAA 

BHARTI KHER Matter is part of the Vancouver Art Gallery's Institute of Asian Art's exhibition programing which features historical, contemporary and emerging international and local Asian artists
Exhibition Support:
Hari Sharma Foundation
Generously Supported by:
Lesley Stowe and Geoffrey Scott

Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family

Community Engagement Support:
Indian Summer Festival


The Gallery recognizes Saat Saath Arts Foundation for research support and the Indian Summer Festival
for community engagement.

Bharti Kher is presented as part of the Gallery’s Institute of Asian Art initiative
Founding Corporate Visionary Partner
for the Institute of Asian Art
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Picasso

Picasso: The Artist and His Muses

June 11 to October 2, 2016

Known for his enormous contribution to the canon of great art in the 20th century, Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (1881—1973) is one of the masters of Modernism. Examining the significance of the six women who were inspirational to his artistic development, Picasso: The Artist and His Muses is the most significant exhibition of Picasso’s work ever presented in Vancouver. Find out more »
Art Centre Basel
An exhibition created by Art Centre Basel, curated by Katharina Beisiegel and produced in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery


Presenting Sponsor:
The Keg
Major Sponsor:
Goldcorp
Supporting Sponsor:

Generously Supported by:
Joan Anderson
Jake and Judy Kerr

Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family
ROM
Supported by the Government of Canada /
Avec l'appui du gouvernement du Canada
Barbara Kruger

Barbara Kruger
Untitled (SmashUp)

Through September 5, 2016

Kruger is considered a member of the Pictures Generation of artists, who throughout the 1980s recycled, mimicked and appropriated imagery from mass media and other everyday sources. This artwork was commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery as part of the exhibition MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, that was on display from February 20 to June 12, 2016. Find out more »

MashUp

MashUp

MashUp

MashUp:
The Birth of Modern Culture


February 20 to May 15, 2016 | 1st & 2nd Floors
February 20 to June 12, 2016 | 3rd & 4th Floors








From the moment that Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque undertook the revolutionary gesture of adding a rectangle of floral wallpaper, a newspaper headline or a scrap of sheet music to their compositions, they initiated an immediate and fundamental shift in European art. Find out more »


Presenting Sponsor:
The Keg
Generously Supported by:
Artworkers Retirement Society
Joy Chao and John Henshaw
Sherry Killam

Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications::
The Richardson Family