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.

Current Exhibitions

Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver

March 4 to May 28, 2017

June 2017 marks the 20-year anniversary of the transfer of Hong Kong sovereignty from the United Kingdom to mainland China. In the lead up to the handover, tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents immigrated to Canada, many choosing to settle in Vancouver, and among them were a significant number of artists.

IAA  Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver is part of the Vancouver Art Gallery's Institute of Asian Art exhibition programing which features historical, contemporary and emerging international and local Asian artists

Founding Corporate Visionary Partner
for the Institute of Asian Art
TD
 
Visionary Partners:
Liu Bao, Wang Ying
and Liu Manzhao


Major Exhibition Support:
Angela Bi

Additional support:
Amelia Gao
Don and Barbara Stuart

Supporting Sponsor:

Additional support from Founding Members of the IAA Development Committee:
Shawn He, Liu Junjun, Guo Quan Peng, Fiona Yang,
Yin Qing, Vivian Zhang, Cathy Zuo


Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy

March 4 to May 28, 2017

Retainers of Anarchy is a solo exhibition featuring new work from Howie Tsui that considers wuxia as a narrative tool for dissidence and resistance. Wuxia, a traditional form of martial arts literature that expanded into 20th century popular film and television, was created out of narratives and characters often from lower social classes that uphold chivalric ideals against oppressive forces during unstable times.


Generously supported by:
Sherry Killam

Susan Point: Spindle Whorl

February 18 to May 28, 2017

Over the past three and a half decades, Musqueam artist Susan Point has received wide acclaim for her accomplished and remarkably wide-ranging oeuvre that forcefully asserts the vitality of Coast Salish culture, both past and present. Read more.

Major Sponsor:
Polygon


Supporting Sponsor:
Vancity


Generously supported by:
The McLean Foundation


Visionary Partner for BC Artist Exhibitions:
David Aisenstat


sonny Assu

We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu In Dialogue with Emily Carr

December 3, 2016 to April 23, 2017

Sonny Assu continues his ongoing body of work Interventions on The Imaginary, creating a new series of digital tags on a body of Emily Carr paintings selected from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s collection. Read more.

Presenting Sponsor:
Vancity


Generously supported by:
Terrence and Lisa Turner
Associates of the Vancouver Art Gallery


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.
Larwill Park

Larwill Park Site Inaugural Project
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Ovoidism

September 22, 2016 to September 25, 2017

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun is a renowned Vancouver-based artist of Coast Salish and Okanagan descent who has produced a public art installation on the future site of the Vancouver Art Gallery where a group of brilliantly coloured ovoid sculptures mark the location. Read more.