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.

Current Exhibitions

Rodney Graham
Canadian Humourist

May 26 to September 30, 2012

Rodney Graham
production still from
Canadian Humourist, 2011
illuminated light box
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Scott Livingstone

The legacies, predicaments and vexations of modernism have been central to the work of Vancouver-based artist Rodney Graham since the 1970s. Drawing upon sources that range from Pablo Picasso and Sigmund Freud to John Cage and Kurt Cobain, Graham synthesizes formal rigour, melancholy and humour to produce art that is both captivating and paradoxical. This exhibition will present several recent works in film and photography that allude to moments in the history of Modernism, including the role of the avant garde in 19th century French painting, the idiosyncratic character of humour in Canadian literature and the culture of the snap shot in the mid-twentieth century.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art.



With generous support from
Bruce M. Wright