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

Claude Monet’s Secret Garden

June 24 to October 1, 2017


Installation view, Claude Monet's Secret Garden, 2017, Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

"It is that appreciation of light, combined with Monet’s profound connection to nature, that gives his work an intensity of vision that remains fresh and vital."

- Ian M. Thom, Senior Curator–Historical

Claude Monet
En promenade près d'Argenteuil, 1875
oil on canvas
Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris
Photo: © Bridgeman Giraudon/Press


Claude Monet
Nymphéas, 1903
oil on canvas
Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris
Photo: © Bridgeman Giraudon/Press


Claude Monet
Sur la plage de Trouville, 1870–71
oil on canvas
Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris
Photo: © Bridgeman Giraudon/Press


Claude Monet
Nymphéas, 1916–19
oil on canvas
Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris
Photo: © Bridgeman Giraudon/Press

The most important exhibition of French painter Claude Monet’s work in Canada in two decades, Claude Monet’s Secret Garden traces the career of this pivotal figure in Western art history. Monet’s 1872 painting Impression: Sunrise gave a name to the avant-garde movement of French painters called Impressionism. Together with his peers, Monet’s embrace of modern subject matter and innovative techniques defied the conventions of painting in nineteenth-century Europe, shaping the course of Modern art to come.

This exhibition presents thirty-eight paintings spanning the course of Monet’s long career from the unparalleled collection of the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris. It surveys the diversity of subjects in his art, from the portrayal of modern life in his early figure studies to the inventive treatment of light in his scenes of the Parisian countryside and views of the River Thames. These works attest to Monet’s dedicated experimentation toward a novel approach to painting, which sought to capture the fleeting appearances and colours conjured by variable light. The exhibition culminates in a major series of paintings executed in his famous gardens in the French village of Giverny, where Monet lived from 1883 to the end of his life. This series reveals Monet’s astute and sustained visual exploration of plants and water. His distinctive renderings of weeping willows, waterlilies and the Japanese bridge in his garden are among the most iconic imagery in Western painting today.

The Vancouver showing is the only presentation of the exhibition in North America.

The exhibition is collaboratively organized by the Musée Marmottan Monet and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

 
Presenting Sponsor:


Major Sponsor:
Coromandel Properties


Supporting Sponsor:


Additional support:

Jake and Judy Kerr
Marti Barregar
Joanie Anderson


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

 

App




Download the complimentary Vancouver Art Gallery Audio Guide App using gallery or personal wifi, search for “Vancouver Art Gallery” in the appropriate application on your mobile device. Devices are also available for loan at the admissions desk at no additional cost.




Experience Monet Through Music

The parallel music experience offered on the Gallery’s app is a way of perceiving the subjects and processes Monet utilized, through sound. In 1902, French critic Camille Mauclair compared the musical compositions of Claude Debussy to landscape paintings by Claude Monet and other Impressionist painters, stating that their works are like “symphonies of luminous waves.” This relates to the concept of ‘correspondences’ which refers to the exchange between all of our senses and the arts, which form our experience or understanding.

Experience Claude Monet through the lens of Canadian composers Sarah Davachi, R. Murray Schafer, Claude Schryer, Bill Young, Mei Han and Paul Plimley from June 22–October 1, 2017