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

Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver

March 4 to May 28, 2017

Paul Chui
The North Series #4, 2013
ink and watercolour on paper
Courtesy of the Artist

Carrie Koo
Sunset, 1996
acrylic on canvas
Courtesy of the Artist
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Josh Hon
Dead Water Convulsion 2, 1984
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Artist
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

June 2017 marks the 20-year anniversary of the transfer of Hong Kong sovereignty from the United Kingdom to mainland China. In the lead up to the handover, tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents immigrated to Canada, many choosing to settle in Vancouver, and among them were a significant number of artists. Pacific Crossings presents works from well-known Hong Kong artists created after their relocation to Vancouver throughout the 1960-90s. It explores various visual languages from Hong Kong’s modern and contemporary art beginnings including ink painting, abstract and landscape painting, and examines the influence that a new environment had on their practices. Participating artists include David Lam, Carrie Koo, Paul Chui and Josh Hon.

Presented as part of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Institute of Asian Art initiative and curated by Diana Freundl, Associate Curator, Asian Art

IAA  The Vancouver Art Gallery's Institute of Asian Art exhibition programing features historical, contemporary and emerging international and local Asian artists

Founding Corporate Visionary Partner
for the Institute of Asian Art

Visionary Partners:
Liu Bao, Wang Ying
and Liu Manzhao

Major Exhibition Support:
Angela Bi

Additional support:
Amelia Gao
Don and Barbara Stuart

Supporting Sponsor:

Additional support from Founding Members of the IAA Development Committee:
Shawn He, Liu Junjun, Guo Quan Peng, Fiona Yang,
Yin Qing, Vivian Zhang, Cathy Zuo


The Vancouver Art Gallery has collaborated with Asia Art Archive to provide a broader context of the Hong Kong art scene during the 1960s through to the 1990s. Picks from the AAA Collection is provided courtesy of the Asia Art Archive and compiled by AAA Researcher Michelle Wong.