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

MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture

February 20 to May 15, 2016 | 1st & 2nd Floors
February 20 to June 12, 2016 | 3rd & 4th Floors





Hannah Höch
Untitled (Large Hand Over Woman's Head), 1930
Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Purchase 2012
© Estate of Hannah Höch/SODRAC (2016)

Barbara Kruger
Untitled (SmashUp), 2016
site-specific installation at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Marcel Duchamp
Fountain, 1917 (5th version 1964)
glazed ceramic whiteware with black oil paint
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Purchased 1971
© Estate of Marcel Duchamp/SODRAC (2016)
Photo: © National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

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From the moment that Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque undertook the revolutionary gesture of adding a rectangle of floral wallpaper, a newspaper headline or a scrap of sheet music to their compositions, they initiated an immediate and fundamental shift in European art.

The resulting explosion of mashup strategies employed across media and movements offers the clearest evidence of the relevance of this process to the growth of visual culture during the 20th century. From Marcel Duchamp to Jean-Luc Godard, Liz Magor to Isa Genzken, artists of diverse disciplines have adopted and reworked this creative strategy. Taking over all four floors of the Vancouver Art Gallery, this groundbreaking exhibition will offer an international survey of mashup culture, documenting the emergence and evolution of a mode of creativity that has grown to become the dominant form of cultural production in the early 21st century.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director, Bruce Grenville, Senior Curator, and Stephanie Rebick, Assistant Curator, with the assistance of an international team of contributing curators.

February 20–May 15, 2016

The Digital Age: Hacking, Remix and the Archive
in the Age of Post-Production


February 20–May 15, 2016

Late 20th Century: Splicing, Sampling and the Street
in the Age of Appropriation


February 20–June 12, 2016

The Post-War: Cut, Copy and Quotation in the Age of Mass Media

February 20–June 12, 2016

Early 20th Century: Collage, Montage and Readymade
at the Birth of Modern Culture


Through May 1, 2016

MashUp Catalogue

The exhibition is accompanied by a 352-page, full-colour, hardcover catalogue published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing. Available through our online store» or in the Gallery Store »


MashUp Floor Guides



Presenting Sponsor:
The Keg
Generously Supported by:
Artworkers Retirement Society
Joy Chao and John Henshaw
Sherry Killam
Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family