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

Douglas Coupland

May 31 to October 7, 2014



Douglas Coupland's Gumhead, 2014
an interactive social sculpture on Howe street outside the Vancouver Art Gallery
Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Sketch by Graham Roumieu of
Douglas Coupland's Gumhead
an interactive social sculpture on Howe street outside the Vancouver Art Gallery

Visit the exhibition website for further information on the exhibition and related public programs, special events, tours and lectures. Please click here or the image below.

Lectures & Talks
Fri, Aug 15, 6pm | Catalogue Launch

For the forthcoming NEXT exhibition, and in conjunction with Douglas Coupland's solo exhibition, the Vancouver Art Gallery has commissioned a site-specific public sculpture located on the grassy mound on the Howe Street side of the Gallery. Gumhead is a seven-foot tall self-portrait that the artist has described as "a gum-based, crowd-sourced, publically interactive, social-sculpture self-portrait." Viewers and passersby are encouraged to apply their own chewed gum to the sculpture so that over the summer months it is transformed, eventually obscuring the artist's face. Coupland often involves others in making his art and also relies on everyday objects—such as gum—as the very materials of his work, playfully implicating mass culture with respect to the medium, subject and process of his art.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director

Douglas Coupland Gumhead is the fifteenth installment in NEXT: A Series of Artist Projects from the Pacific Rim, presented by TD Bank Group.