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

BHARTI KHER Matter

July 9 to October 10, 2016


Bharti Kher
Lady with an ermine, 2012
resin, granite, wood, fur, leather, ceramic
Courtesy of the Artist
© Bharti Kher
BHARTI KHER Matter is the artist’s first major North American survey. It features the diversity of Bharti Kher’s practice, incorporating elements of painting, photography and sculpture that have been the hallmarks of her international career over the past two decades. Kher’s artworks are varied in material, sensibility and subject matter, yet are bound together by her penetrating explorations into the meaning of human relationships, spirituality, the animal world and the role of the femininity in today’s society. Her work leaves us to ponder what it means to be human today.

Kher’s iconic bindi paintings, which are made on a variety of surfaces, reveal a personal language of mark-making that speaks eloquently about female ritual and repetition. Whether applied to paper, mirror, board, cabinetry or a giant sculptural whale’s heart, the bindis bring gender into the reading of these artworks. In Kher’s early photographic images and sculptures, it is ideas of hybridity that feature prominently. These unsettling images fuse classical stereotypes of beauty with those of contemporary domesticity and female empowerment. Male and female are blurred, the sacred and profane are fused, and human and animal merge. The absence of the body is also visited by Kher in her sculptures. Utilizing everyday objects such as saris and domestic furniture, she comments on the complexities of personal and societal norms, especially as they pertain to identity and gender, both in India and around the world. In her most recent project, Six Women (2013–15) the physical returns, Kher confronts perceptions about the aging female body.

Born in London, England, in the 1960s, Kher studied at Middlesex Polytechnic, London, and later received her BA Honours in Fine Art–Painting from Newcastle Polytechnic in 1991. She moved to India in 1993 and continues to live and work in New Delhi. She has exhibited extensively internationally and her work is held in major collections around the world.

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


  • Installation view of BHARTI KHER Matter, exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery
    July 9 to October 10, 2016
    Photo: Maegan Hill-Carroll, Vancouver Art Gallery

  • Installation view of BHARTI KHER Matter, exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery
    July 9 to October 10, 2016
    Photo: Maegan Hill-Carroll, Vancouver Art Gallery

  • Bharti Kher, Absence, 2011
    sari, resin, wooden chair
    Private Collection, Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Peerotin
    Photo: Guillaume Ziccarelli;

  • Installation view of BHARTI KHER Matter, exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery
    July 9 to October 10, 2016
    Photo: Maegan Hill-Carroll, Vancouver Art Gallery

  • Installation view of BHARTI KHER Matter, exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery
    July 9 to October 10, 2016.
    Photo: Maegan Hill-Carroll, Vancouver Art Gallery

  • Installation view of BHARTI KHER Matter, exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery
    July 9 to October 10, 2016
    Photo: Maegan Hill-Carroll, Vancouver Art Gallery

  • Installation view of BHARTI KHER Matter, exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery
    July 9 to October 10, 2016
    Photo: Maegan Hill-Carroll, Vancouver Art Gallery

  • Installation view of BHARTI KHER Matter, exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery
    July 9 to October 10, 2016
    Photo: Maegan Hill-Carroll, Vancouver Art Gallery

  • Installation view of BHARTI KHER Matter, exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery
    July 9 to October 10, 2016
    Photo: Maegan Hill-Carroll, Vancouver Art Gallery

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IAA  BHARTI KHER Matter is part of the Vancouver Art Gallery's Institute of Asian Art's exhibition programing which features historical, contemporary and emerging international and local Asian artists
Exhibition Support:
Hari Sharma Foundation
Generously Supported by:
Lesley Stowe and Geoffrey Scott
Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family

Community Engagement Support:
Indian Summer Festival
The Gallery recognizes Saat Saath Arts Foundation for research support
and the Indian Summer Festival for community engagement.

Bharti Kher is presented as part of the Gallery’s Institute of Asian Art initiative

Founding Corporate Visionary Partner for the Institute of Asian Art
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