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

Takashi Muramaki

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

February 3 to May 6, 2018

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg is a major retrospective exhibition of the monumental paintings of international art icon Takashi Murakami.

From his early works to new, never-before-seen paintings and selected sculptures from different periods, the more than fifty works in this exhibition reflect Murakami’s exquisite level of craft, his insightful engagement with history and the consistent, universal themes that have guided his practice over the past three decades. Read more.


Major Sponsors:
Brian and Andrea Hill

Supporting Sponsor:
Coromandel Properties

Additional Support:
Chan Family Foundation

Generous support for Murakami’s Georgia Street Façade project:
Artworkers Retirement Society

Funding toward shipping costs for Chakras Open and I Drown Under the
Waterfall of Life
, installed in the Gallery’s Rotunda, is generously provided by:
Japan Foundation
Emptiness

空/Emptiness: Emily Carr and Lui Shou Kwan

December 16, 2017 to April 7, 2018

空/Emptiness is a pairing of the Canadian modernist Emily Carr with Lui Shou Kwan founder of the New Ink Movement in Hong Kong. The exhibition is constructed through a comparison of how each artist experimented with modernist movements and mysticism through their respective depictions of nature. Read more.


Presenting Sponsor:

Generously supported by:
Don and Barbara Stuart
Priscilla Lam and Francis Law
Associates of the Vancouver Art Gallery
 
IAA

A program of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s
Institute of Asian Art.
Visionary Partners:
Liu Bao, Wang Ying and Liu Manzhao

Founding Corporate Visionary Partner for the Institute of Asian Art TD
With thanks to the IAA Development Committee:
Angela Bi, Amelia Gao, Shawn He, Liu Junjun, Mei Deng and the late Guo Quan Peng, Fiona Yang, Yin Qing, Vivian Zhang, Cathy Zuo

Asim Waqif

Offsite: Asim Waqif

November 10, 2017 to April 15, 2018

New Delhi-based artist Asim Waqif will repurpose waste generated by demolition sites in Vancouver’s urban areas, employing materials from abandoned and derelict buildings anticipated for development. Waqif’s site-specific installation combines architecture with a strong contextual reference to contemporary urban design and the politics of occupying, intervening and using public space. Read more.

Generously supported by:
Sherry Killam

IAA

A program of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s
Institute of Asian Art.
  Founding Corporate Visionary Partner for the Institute of Asian ArtTD
Visionary Partners:
Liu Bao, Wang Ying and Liu Manzhao

With thanks to the IAA Development Committee
City of Vancouver
Offsite is funded by the City of Vancouver through the Public Art Program. The Gallery recognizes Ian Gillespie, President, Westbank; Ben Yeung, President, Peterson Investment Group; and the residents of the Shangri-La for their support of this space.

Onsite: Tsang Kin-Wah

Through March 4, 2018

Tsang Kin-Wah will create a site-specific text work for the Vancouver art gallery exterior. Based on editorials taken from Vancouver newspapers in the 1980-90s, Tsang’s text critically addresses generalizations and issues surrounding the cultural climate of immigration in Vancouver from Hong Kong. The composition of the pattern is made from text in both Chinese and English. The exhibition explores the immigrant experience and marginalized voices in an attempt to unpack history and account for suppressed narratives


IAA

A program of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s
Institute of Asian Art.
Founding Corporate Visionary Partner
for the Institute of Asian Art
TD
Visionary Partners:
Liu Bao, Wang Ying and Liu Manzhao
With appreciation to members of the IAA Development Committee
 
City of Vancouver
Onsite: Tsang Kin-Wah is generously supported by the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program.