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

Forbidden City

The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors

October 18, 2014 to January 11, 2015

The Vancouver Art Gallery will be transformed into the Court of China's Emperors for the landmark exhibition The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors. From October 18, 2014 to January 11, 2015, nearly 200 treasured objects from the collections of Beijing's Palace Museum will come under the spotlight at the Gallery. This exhibition will mark another important milestone in the Vancouver Art Gallery's ongoing commitment to represent the historical and contemporary art of China and the Asia Pacific region. Read more.

Presenting Corporate Sponsor:
CNOOC
Presenting Foundation Sponsor:
Ho Foundation

ROM


The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors
is organized by the Palace Museum, Beijing, China and the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

Hotel Partner:
Shangri-La


Jock Macdonald

Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form

Opening October 18, 2014 to January 4, 2015

Jock Macdonald was a pioneer of postwar abstraction in Canada and has been called one of the "greatest teachers of the century." Read more.

Presenting Sponsor:
Generously Supported by:
Barry and Drinda Scott

Visionary Partner for Publications:
The Richardson Family


Landon Mackenzie

Emily Carr & Landon Mackenzie:
Wood Chopper and the Monkey

September 18, 2014 to March 8, 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 Permanent Collection Exhibitions:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation
Painted Past

Painted Past: A History of Canadian Painting from the Collection

June 28 to October 19, 2014

The Vancouver art gallery has the most important collection of Canadian art in British Columbia. Featuring works from the Gallery's permanent collection, Painted Past traces the history of painting in both Canada and the province. The exhibition includes works by such artists as BC Binning, Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, Frederick Varley and David Milne, as well as contemporary figures such as Attila Richard Lukacs, Etienne Zack and Joanne Tod. Read more.

Generously Supported by:
Marietta E. Hurst, Martin and Sally Parker


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


Additional Support:
Belfor

On Stage: Recent Acquisitions

On Stage: Recent Acquisitions

June 28 to October 19, 2014

This exhibition comprises recent acquisitions to the Vancouver Art Gallery's permanent collection. Featured works present the figure as an actor staged within a landscape steeped in cultural significance. Ranging from historic to contemporary, On Stage includes work by Kati Cambell, Angela Grossman, Ken Lum, Michael Morris, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun and many others. Read more.

Visionary Partner:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation