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


Offsite: Heather and Ivan Morison

Offsite: Heather and Ivan Morison

October 2, 2010 to May 1, 2011

Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite is an outdoor public art space featuring a rotating program of innovative projects, launched in July 2009 with the photo–based work of O Zhang and followed in January 2010 with a sculptural installation by Ken Lum. The third in the series is a site–specific project by Welsh artists Heather and Ivan Morison. Read more...
In Dialogue with Emily Carr

In Dialogue with Carr: Douglas Coupland, Evan Lee, Liz Magor, Marianne Nicolson

July 1, 2010 to January 30, 2011

This exhibition strategically pairs the work of Emily Carr with key contemporary BC artists–Douglas Coupland, Evan Lee, Liz Magor and Marianne Nicolson-to draw out a dialogue between Carr’s legacy and the myriad ways in which artists respond to it. Read more...
Song Dong

Song Dong–Waste Not
Song Dong

October 2, 2010 to January 16, 2011

Song Dong’s monumental installation, titled Waste Not, is a collaboration between the artist and his mother, Zhao Xiangyuan. The installation comprises the frame of his mother’s house along with all of the everyday objects she meticulously collected over the course of her lifetime—a collection of over ten thousand worn and broken objects, each one of little value. Together, the assembled materials—clothes, books, kitchen utensils, toiletries, school supplies, shopping bags, rice bowls, dolls—were used, then recycled, then hoarded. Meticulously arranged in careful groupings throughout the exhibition space, the objects form a miniature cityscape that viewers can navigate around and through. Read more...
Everything Everyday

Everything Everyday

October 2, 2010 ?January 16, 2011

The works in the exhibition are in a diverse range of media and are drawn primarily from the Gallery’s collection and augmented with loans from artists?and private collections. The exhibition is organized around three themes: Everyday Actions, Everyday Objects and Everyday Encounters. Everyday Actions includes works that consider those simple, sometimes mindless tasks we perform regularly; works in Everyday Objects take ordinary items as their subjects; and Everyday Encounters examines those common interactions that occur in daily life. Read more...
Robert Adams

Robert Adams: The Place We Live, A Retrospective Selection of Photographs

September 25, 2010 to January 16, 2011

Over the past four decades photographer Robert Adams has come to be widely regarded as one of the most original and significant chroniclers of the western American landscape. The first large-scale exhibition of Adams?work to be presented in Canada, The Place We Live traces his longstanding engagement with the degradation of the environment in the face of suburban development. Read more...
Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall

May 8, 2010 to January 3, 2011

Internationally renowned for his large-scale paintings that draw critically from both African-American history and classical painting traditions, this exhibition will present a selection of remarkable canvases by Kerry James Marshall that exemplify his artistic practice. Read more...

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Kathleen Bartels, Director, Vancouver Art Gallery, and artist Jeff Wall.

Bearing Witness: Works from the Collection

May 8, 2010 to January 3, 2011

This exhibition featuring works from the Gallery’s collection presents art that reflects a number of social and political conditions. The subject matter ranges from the effects of war, government action and industrial exploitation, to the social dynamics of society especially in relation to gender and identity politics.
The Modern Woman

The Modern Woman: Drawings by Degas, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and Other Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris

June 5 to September 6, 2010

The first major exhibition of drawings ever organized from the renowned collection of the Musée d’Orsay, Paris will assemble more than 90 works by 19th century artists, including Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Pissarro, Redon, Renoir, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec, Vuillard and others. The exhibition will explore innovations in technique and subject matter through a focus on one of the museum's most popular subjects: depictions of women. Read more...

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Musée d'Orsay.

Fiona Tan: Rise and Fall

Fiona Tan: Rise and Fall

May 8 to September 6, 2010

Fiona Tan will present her most recent video installations in this first North American survey of her work, including a new project commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery. Read more...

This exhibition is touring internationally and is accompanied by a major publication. Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, and curated by Bruce Grenville, senior curator, Vancouver Art Gallery.

Offsite Ken Lum

Offsite: Ken Lum

January 23 to September 6, 2010

For the Offsite, the Gallery’s public art space in downtown Vancouver, the artist is creating new work based on huts that were erected on the Maplewood mudflats in North Vancouver during the second half of the twentieth century...Read more
Visceral Bodies

Visceral Bodies

February 6 to May 16, 2010

Visceral Bodies presents the work of contemporary artists who investigate the human form, tracing artistic responses to scientific and medical innovations over the past two decades. Presented in conjunction with Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man, the two exhibitions trace the considerable history of artists using the body as a subject of physiological and anatomical study. The contemporary artists included in Visceral Bodies underscore how cultural perceptions of the human body have shifted from an anatomical fact to a perpetually evolving and increasingly artificial or fragmented form...Read more
Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man

February 6 to May 2, 2010

Leonardo’s group of drawings, referred to as the Anatomical Manuscript A, concentrates on the structures of the body and the movements of musculature. Shown for the first time as a complete group in this exhibition, Manuscript A encompasses thirty-four of Leonardo’s pen and ink anatomical drawings on eighteen sheets of paper, rendered during the winter of 1510-1511...Read more
Michael Lin: A Modest Veil

Michael Lin: A Modest Veil

January 23 to May 2, 2010

For his solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Michael Lin has created an enormous hand-painted mural that will cover the Gallery’s Georgia Street façade, bringing his artwork outside the traditional confines of the Gallery space. Expanding on his interest in veiling the institution, he has also conceived a book-wrapping project for the Gallery Store, which will cover Gallery publications in a wrapping paper of his own design...Read more

CUE: Artists' Videos

January 23 to March 21, 2010

The Vancouver Art Gallery will turn its exterior into an open-air exhibition space with CUE: Artists? Videos, a presentation of video art on the Gallery’s Robson Street façade. CUE will feature almost 80 of the most innovative and compelling visual artists working in video and film today...Read More