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


Unpacking the Collection

An Autobiography of Our Collection

September 24, 2011 to April 15, 2012

An Autobiography of Our Collection investigates the history of collecting at the Vancouver Art Gallery, looking at the nuances, practicalities and idiosyncrasies of museum collecting. The exhibition will reveal many of the important, sometimes quirky personalities that have built and animated the collection, explore significant and little known art works, and consider the meticulous museum processes that support the acquisition and display of contemporary and historic art. Find out more...

Generously Supported by our Visionary Partner:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation

Art From the Audain Collection

Shore, Forest and Beyond
Art From the Audain Collection

October 29, 2011 to January 29, 2012

Philanthropists Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa have assembled, over the last two decades, one of the most important collections of British Columbia art in private hands. This exhibition looks at a cross-section of their extensive holdings of historical and contemporary work by nineteenth century First Nations artists, Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, Brian Jungen, Rodney Graham, Robert Davidson, among many others. Find out more...

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The Distance Between You and Me

The Distance Between You and Me
3 Artists from Vancouver, Los Angeles and Guadalajara
Song Dong

September 24, 2011 to January 22, 2012

Isabelle Pauwels, Kerry Tribe and Gonzalo Lebrija invite us to consider the importance of location, especially in a world that is prone to fracture, forgetting and instability. Find out more...

Elspeth Pratt

Elspeth Pratt

June 29, 2011 to January 8, 2012

For the fourth installation at Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite, renowned sculptor Elspeth Pratt draws on architectural forms as inspiration to investigate how built environments define public space. While her artworks negotiate a line between abstraction and representation, her ideas are manifest through the use of ready-made industrial materials that negate notions of permanence and value associated with traditional sculpture. Find out more...

the Surrealist Revoution in Art

The Colour of My Dreams
The Surrealist Revolution in Art

May 28 to October 2, 2011

The Colour of My Dreams: the Surrealist Revolution in Art is the most comprehensive exhibition of surrealist art ever presented in Canada. Included are outstanding works by Hans Bellmer, Louise Bourgeois, Joseph Cornell, Salvador Dal? Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Ren?Magritte, Joan Mir? Man Ray, Dorothea Tanning, Yves Tanguy and other leading figures of Surrealism. Find out more...

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Ken Lum

Ken Lum

February 12 ?September 25, 2011

Over the past 20 years, the internationally acclaimed Vancouver artist Ken Lum has developed a compelling and complex body of work. This exhibition will survey Lum's career and will include recent projects that have not been presented in North America. Read More.

Presenting Sponsor

Polygon Homes

The exhibition is supported by the Province of British Columbia, Arts Partners in Creative Development, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Additional support is generously provided by Rick Erickson and Donna Partridge.
Walking + Falling

Walking + Falling
Jim Campbell, Chris Marker and Eadweard Muybridge

April 2 ?September 5, 2011

Walking + Falling presents the work of three notable artists who have utilized new media to explore and represent complex notions of time, movement and memory: Jim Campbell, Chris Marker and Eadweard Muybridge.Read more.
from the collection: Unreal

from the collection: Unreal

January 22 ?September 5, 2011

from the collection: Unreal is an exhibition that considers the diversity and innovation with which artists explore the many edges of reality. Artists include Francis Bacon, Maxwell Bates, Matthew Brown, Marcel Dzama, Jock Macdonald, Myfanwy Macleod, Luanne Martineau, Paul McCarthy, Jason McLean, Eric Metcalfe, Annette Messager, Sandra Meigs, Al Neil, Alfred Pellan, Marina Roy and Cindy Sherman, among many others.Read more.
WE: Vancouver

We: Vancouver
12 Manifestos for the City

February 12 ?May 1, 2011

We: Vancouver is an exhibition that examines the city from different approaches and disciplines in order to assemble a kaleidoscopic picture of Vancouver from the perspective of its inhabitants.Read more.

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This exhibition is supported by the City of Vancouver's 125th Anniversary Partnership Grants Program with the participation of the Government of Canada: