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


January 23 to April 18, 2010

Jeff Wall
The Pine on the Corner, 1990
transparency in lightbox
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund

John Vanderpant
Burrard Street Bridge, Vancouver, date unknown
silver gelatin print
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund
Visions of British Columbia: A Landscape Manual is an extensive two-floor survey of art that represents the variety and richness of artistic vision in British Columbia. The exhibition highlights key artistic practices that have recorded, communicated and shaped the public perception of this region and defined a collective consciousness of this place. Drawn primarily from the Gallery's rich permanent collection and supplemented with key loans, this exhibition includes landscapes, cityscapes and portraits in a variety of media that speak to the diversity of British Columbia, its peoples and its histories.

The subtitle of the exhibition refers to Jeff Wall's Landscape Manual, an inexpensively produced booklet self-published in 1969, in which the artist provides commentary on the making of landscape photographs. Similarly, the artists in this exhibition have studied the people and places of British Columbia and have made work which, when shown together, offers a guide that can be used to negotiate the many narratives and experiences of the province. The exhibition focuses on the art of 37 artists, including Roy Arden, B.C. Binning, Emily Carr, Robert Davidson, Gathie Falk, Brian Jungen, Scott McFarland, Liz Magor, Susan Point, Bill Reid, Jack Shadbolt, Gordon Smith, John Vanderpant, Frederick Varley, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace and many others.

Visions of British Columbia: A Landscape Manual has been possible thanks to the generosity of our presenting sponsor, Raymond James Ltd., and major support from the Province of British Columbia. Additional financial support was provided by supporting sponsor, Vancouver Airport Authority, and the Vancouver Foundation. Curated by Bruce Grenville, senior curator, with Emmy Lee, assistant curator.


Raymond James





Vancouver Foundation