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

From the Collection

Painted Past:
A History of Canadian Painting from the Collection

June 28 to October 19, 2014

Paul Peel
Reading the Future, 1883
oil on canvas
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Gift of Mr. F. N. Southam

Art has helped to define Canada, its landscape and its people. Composed of works from the Gallery's permanent collection, Painted Past traces the history of painting in both Canada and the province through three sections: portraiture, landscape and cityscape. The exhibition is the first survey of historical Canadian painting drawn from the Gallery's collection in over four decades and features works by such prominent artists as B.C. Binning, Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, Frederick Varley and David Milne. The Vancouver Art Gallery has the most important collection of Canadian art in British Columbia; particularly rich in work from the region, it also has important holdings of Quebecois and other historical and modernist works from across the nation.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Ian Thom, Senior Curator-Historical.

Generously Supported by:
Marietta E. Hurst, Martin and Sally Parker

Visionary Partner for Permanent Collection Exhibitions:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation

Additional Support: