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


Visions of BC

Visions of British Columbia: A Landscape Manual

January 23 to April 18, 2010

Visions of British Columbia: A Landscape Manual is an extensive two-floor survey of art that represents the diversity and richness of artistic vision in British Columbia. The exhibition highlights key artistic practices that have recorded, communicated and shaped the public perception of this region and defined a collective consciousness of this place. Drawn primarily from the Gallery’s rich permanent collection and supplemented with key loans, this exhibition includes landscapes, cityscapes and portraits in a variety of media that speak to the diversity of British Columbia, its peoples and its histories...Read more
Dawn: Sketches by the Group of Seven

Sketches and Paintings by the Group of Seven

September 19, 2009 to January 17, 2010

The artists of the seminal Canadian landscape school the Group of Seven used the sketch as a fundamental tool in their artistic process. Read More
Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons: Painting and Photography of American and Canadian Landscapes 1860-1918

October 17, 2009 to January 17, 2010

The first major exhibition to explore the interaction of painting and photography in Canada and the United States from the time of the U.S. Civil War through the end of World War I. Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and curated by Hilliard T. Goldfarb. Read More
Scott McFarland

Scott McFarland

October 3, 2009 to January 3, 2010

Scott McFarland will include photographs produced over the past seven years that address the relationship between nature, civilization and representation through the depiction of rustic cabins, manicured landscapes, zoos, obsolescent photo-labs and the pastoral fringe of urban spaces. Read More
From The Collection

From the Collection
Is Only The Mind Allowed to Wander

October 3, 2009 to January 3, 2010

Drawn from the Gallery’s permanent collection, this exhibition looks at ways artists have approached the human body as a site in which identity is shaped and a register of our inescapable progression toward mortality. Read More
Owen Kydd

NEXT: A Series of Artist Projects from the Pacific Rim
Owen Kydd

October 3, 2009 to January 3, 2010

Vancouver-based artist Owen Kydd investigates the pictorial intersections of photography, video and film. Read More
O Zhang

O Zhang

July 20 to January 3, 2010

The Vancouver Art Gallery will launch its new outdoor exhibition space, Offsite, located at the foot of the Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver near the intersection of Georgia and Thurlow streets.

The first artwork to be presented at Offsite will be a site-specific installation of artist O Zhang’s major photographic installation Horizon (Sky). For this project, the artist returned to the rural area of her youth in central China to photograph the young village girls who live there. Enlarged to monumental proportions, the images of the young girls, each photographed on a country hillside, are presented with a strength and individuality not commonly represented in popular media. Read more
Stan Douglas

Stan Douglas

May 30 to November 8, 2009

Stan Douglas is a renowned Vancouver artist whose art has consistently and provocatively explored the idea of historical record and narratives of location. Much of his work is thematically linked to this region and the many different peoples who have inhabited these lands. Read More
Two Visions: Emily Carr & Jack Shadbolt

Two Visions: Emily Carr and Jack Shadbolt

May 30 to November 8, 2009

For most British Columbians of Euro- Canadian ancestry, Emily Carr defines how two subjects are viewed---the forest landscape of the province and the totemic sculpture of the First Nations. Subsequent artists working in the province have reacted to or against Carr’s example and Jack Shadbolt had a particularly strong relationship to Carr’s work. Read More
NEXT - Reece Terris: Ought Apartment

Reece Terris: Ought Apartment

May 6 to September 20, 2009

The work of Vancouver-based Reece Terris focuses on the relationship between constructed architectural spaces and our common experiences and encounters within them. Read More
Andreas Gursky: Werke/Works 80-08

Andreas Gursky:
Werke/Works 80-08

May 30 to September 20, 2009

This groundbreaking exhibition presents a remarkable overview of the work of Andreas Gursky, the celebrated Düsseldorf-based photographer who is widely renowned for his ongoing project to compile an ‘encyclopedia of life.? Read More
Vermeer, Rembrandt
and the Golden Age of Dutch Art - Masterpieces from The Rijkmuseum

Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art
Masterpieces from The Rijksmuseum

May 10 to September 13, 2009

This exhibition, organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, will highlight the extraordinary works of art made by Dutch masters of the 17th century, a period known as the Golden Age of the Netherlands. Read More
Anthony Hernandez

Anthony Hernandez

May 30 to September 7, 2009

Anthony Hernandez has depicted the social landscape of Los Angeles for more than 40 years. In the tradition of Ed Ruscha’s gasoline stations and Every Building On The Sunset Strip, Hernandez and contemporaries such as Robert Adams and Lewis Baltz invested an apparently detached representation of the urban with an element of the social. Read More
Western Landscapes

Western Landscapes

March 7 to May 18, 2009

The landscape of British Columbia remains a major subject for artists. This exhibition presents works from the permanent collection which take the region’s landscape as their subject, but are remarkably different in terms of approach. Beginning with the pioneering images of Emily Carr, the exhibition also examines the realist work of E.J. Hughes, the visionary drawings of Ann Kipling and the expressionist landscapes of Gordon Smith. . . . Read More
Enacting Abstraction

Enacting Abstraction

February 14 to May 10, 2009

The language of abstraction has informed and influenced artistic production for more than a century. The rejection of the figurative in favour of abstract art in the early decades of the 20th century posed a challenge to European artistic traditions that depended on representation of the real world and created radically new possibilities for artistic expression. . . Read More
How Soon Is Now

How Soon Is Now

February 7 to May 3, 2009

How Soon Is Now is an exhibition that looks outside the doors of the Vancouver Art Gallery at some of the most compelling artists working in the region. The exhibition comprises a survey of new work currently being produced by artists in the province of British Columbia, drawing from the breadth of artistic practice and concerns that motivate artists today. . . Read More
Legacies of Impressionism

Legacies of Impressionism in Canada

January 31 to April 19, 2009

One of Canada’s finest landscape painters, Maurice Cullen (1866-1934) was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland and raised in Montreal. At the age of 22, Cullen travelled to Paris to study painting. He absorbed the Impressionists?devotion to the fleeting aspects of light and Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny. . . Read More