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

Material Future

Material Future:
The Architecture of Herzog & de Meuron
and the Vancouver Art Gallery

March 27 to October 4, 2015

The architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron is internationally renowned for its contribution to contemporary architecture. Their attention to materials, surface, site and context has defined a practice that is astonishingly subtle and complex. Read more.

Herzog & de Meuron were appointed to design the future Vancouver Art Gallery building in collaboration with the Vancouver firm Perkins+Will as the local executive architects.

Sponsored by:
DHX Media
Generously supported by::
Vanguard Security Services Ltd.
Joan Anderson
Cezanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection

Cézanne and the Modern:
Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection

February 14 to May 18, 2015

Henry and Rose Pearlman built an exceptional collection of modernist works, the jewel of which is an astonishing group of twenty-four works by Paul Cézanne. This exhibition marks the first time in over fifty years that the collection has travelled and the Vancouver Art Gallery showing will be the only one in Canada. Read more.

Co-Presenting Sponsors:
Larry and Maureen Lunn
Supporting Sponsor:

Supported by the Government of Canada /
Avec l'appui du gouvernement du Canada
Clair de Lune

From the Collection
Clair de Lune: 19th and Early 20th Century French Paintings

February 14 to May 18, 2015

This exhibition of works from the collection is designed to complement the works in Cézanne and the Modern. Beginning with an early work by Eugène Boudin, one of Claude Monet's teachers, Clair de Lune examines the currents of Impressionism represented within the permanent collection. Read more.

Visionary Partner:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation
Andrew Dadson

Andrew Dadson: Over the Sun

February 14 to May 24, 2015

Vancouver-based artist Andrew Dadson has consistently engaged with the notion of boundaries in relation to space and time in his painting, performance, photography and works on paper. Read more.

Generously Supported by:
Phil Lind
The Poetics of Space

From the Collection
The Poetics of Space

January 31 to May 24, 2015

The Poetics of Space features both historical and contemporary works that investigate the idea of space, whether they are conceptually, analytically or emotionally founded. This exhibition takes its title from Gaston Bachelard's 1958 book of the same name that presents a psychic interpretation of "home," and one's prototypical experiences of personal space; in the book Bachelard discusses the way our perceptions of shelter begin to delineate the very essence of how we think and imagine. Read more.

Visionary Partner for Permanent Collection Exhibitions:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation


Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Art

November 15, 2014 to April 6, 2015

This exhibition presents a diverse selection of Chinese contemporary artists whose practices are informed by their cultural heritage. Read more.

Presenting Sponsor:

Generously Supported by:
Lesley Stowe and Geoffrey Scott
Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family
Airline Partner:
Cathay Pacific Airlines
Hotel Partner:

Robert Youds

Offsite: Robert Youds

October 23, 2014 to April 19, 2015

Victoria-based artist Robert Youds' light installation, For Everyone a Sunset, draws upon the architectural vernacular of downtown Vancouver. Read more.

Visionary Partner for Offsite:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation

Landon Mackenzie

Emily Carr and Landon Mackenzie:
Wood Chopper and the Monkey

September 20, 2014 to April 6, 2015

Over the past three decades, Vancouver-based painter Landon Mackenzie has produced an impressive body of large-scale painting that addresses mechanisms of perception and the way we situate ourselves in the world. Read more.

Generously Supported by:
Terrence and
Lisa Turner
Visionary Partner for BC Artist Exhibitions:
David Aisenstat
Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family