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

I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer:
Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia

July 1 to November 13, 2016


Wolfgang Paalen
Les cosmogones, 1944
oil on canvas
Collection of Rowland Weinstein,
Courtesy of Weinstein Gallery



Emily Carr
Strangled by Growth, 1931
oil on canvas
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery,
Emily Carr Trust

This first pairing of the Modernist painters Wolfgang Paalen (1905–1959) and Emily Carr (1871–1945) will tell the story of how the artists met in Victoria, British Columbia, in 1939, and how the creative vision of each expanded in reaction to the majestic landscape of British Columbia and the monumental art of the Northwest Coast First Nations. With artworks assembled from public and private collections internationally, the exhibition will present early works, ancillary archival materials and the audacious later work of both artists as they moved toward their transcendent visions.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Colin Browne.


Generously supported by::
Gary Bell
Associates of the Vancouver Art Gallery


Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family

Additional support for the publication is provided by
the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Endowment

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