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


Kai Althoff

Kai Althoff

November 8, 2008 to February 15, 2009

In the first Canadian exhibition of Althoff’s work, the Gallery’s presentation will focus primarily on new material. Central to the exhibition will be a collaborative installation entitled the Weaving Place. Althoff will design this space to display and experience the work of San Francisco-based artist Travis Joseph Meinolf, whose manifesto and invention of the Laser-Loom explores issues related to alternative modes of production and the distribution of goods. Other new work will include sculptures made solely for this presentation and a collaborative dance-theatre piece, entitled I will be last. Read More
Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall

October 25, 2008 to January 25, 2009

Vancouver artist Jeff Wall has become internationally recognized for his compelling photographs. Over the past thirty years, he has asserted the importance of the pictorial traditions of modernism in the wake of the challenges to that tradition presented by conceptual art and the postmodern critiques of representation of the 1980s and 1990s. Read More
Rapture & Ruin: Landscape Work form the Collection

Rapture and Ruin
Landscape Work from the Collection

October 25, 2008 to January 25, 2009

Drawn from the Gallery’s collection, this exhibition will examine some of the traditions that have shaped the representation of landscape from the late 18th century up to the present. Read More
WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution

WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution

October 4, 2008 to January 11, 2009

WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution is the first comprehensive, international survey of a remarkable body of work that emerged from the dynamic relationship between art and feminism between 1965 and 1980, a time in which a majority of feminist activism and art-making occurred across the globe. Read More
Marianne Nicolson

NEXT: A Series of Artist Projects from the Pacific Rim
Marianne Nicolson - The House of the Ghosts

October 4, 2008 to January 11, 2009

Nicolson’s site-specific project The House of the Ghosts imaginatively transforms the Georgia Street façade of the Vancouver Art Gallery into a Northwest Coast ceremonial house. Read More
Canadian Women Modernists

Canadian Women Modernists: the Dialogue with Emily Carr

April 19 to October 19, 2008

In the early years of the twentieth century, working as a female artist was particularly challenging. Nonetheless, there was a strong desire among many female artists to express themselves in a way that was responsive to the modern world and to currents in art. Read More
Zhang Huan

Zhang Huan: Altered States

June 7 to October 5, 2008

Zhang Huan: Altered States is the first museum survey of Zhang Huan, encompassing major works produced over the past 15 years in Beijing, New York and Shanghai. Zhang Huan is best known for his early body-based performances, both controversial and poetic, most of which involve physical endurance. He moved to New York IN 1998 and established himself as one of the most important and widely recognized expatriate Chinese artists. More recently, Zhang returned to China and founded a studio in Shanghai, where he has expanded his medium. Read More
Zhang Huan

Rebecca Belmore: Rising to the Occasion

June 7 to October 5, 2008

Through powerful images that implicate the body, performances that address history and memory, and gestures that evoke a sense of place, Rebecca Belmore is known for creating multi-disciplinary works that reveal a long-standing commitment to the politics of identity and representation. Read More
NEXT: Jeff Ladouceur

NEXT: A Series of Artist Projects from the Pacific Rim
Jeff Ladouceur

June 6 to September 7, 2008

Canadian artist Jeff Ladouceur’s massive inflatable sculpture Floater will span the columns of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Georgia Street façade. Created to coincide with the current exhibition KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Comic + Video Games + Art, the large-scale installation of a cartoon-like body intertwined in the Gallery’s pillars, draws on the artist’s celebrated work as an illustrator.
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KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games
+ Art

May 17 to September 7, 2008

Krazy! The Delirious World Of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art is the first exhibition of its kind, a groundbreaking project that offers unique and dynamic insight into the world of comics,animated cartoons, anime, manga, graphic novels, computer/video games and visual art. Spanning a century of artmaking, the works in this exhibition reveal an extraordinary history of production, one that is poised to redefine the scope of visual culture in the 21st century. Read More
Kutlug Ataman

Kutlug Ataman: Paradise and Küba

February 9 to May 19, 2008

In his newly commissioned video installation, Kutlug Ataman offers a remarkable portrait of twenty-four southern Californians who describe their encounter with that place they call “paradise.?Read More
The Tree

TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845-1945

February 2 to April 27, 2008

The hauntingly beautiful photographs created within the Pictorialist movement in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries are among the most important works of art in the medium’s history. Read More
The Tree

The Tree: From the Sublime to the Social

February 2 to April 20, 2008

The Tree: From the Sublime to the Social begins with images of the forest as a subject that inspires awe and instills reverence for the power of nature. This association with the spiritual and sublime is inherent in the historical work of Emily Carr and is further investigated by contemporary artists such as Ed Pien and Kevin Schmidt. Read More