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

2018

Offsite: Shigeru Ban

Offsite: Shigeru Ban

May 11 to October 8, 2018

In 1995 a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the coast of Japan with its epicentre at the major port city of Kobe. More than 6,000 people were killed and 200,000 made homeless. A young Tokyo-based architect—Shigeru Ban—known for his innovative work utilizing paper and cardboard tubing as a building material, was invited to respond to the urgent need for temporary relief shelter. Read more.


 
Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

June 9 to September 30, 2018

Cabin Fever offers a historical and cultural survey of the cabin in North America—from the settlement of the frontier to the contemporary depictions feverishly circulated across the Internet. Featuring architectural models, drawings and full-scale interventions, as well as art, literature, photography and film, Cabin Fever will reveal how this architectural form has helped to shape a larger cultural identity. Read more.


Site Unseen

Site Unseen

June 16 to September 9, 2018

Artists in Site Unseen may begin with a documentary impulse to record the landscape; however their diverse production strategies ultimately create uncanny results. This exhibition reveals artists’ fascination with the camera’s ability to describe the world, while recognizing the play between reality and artifice that inevitably shapes every such account, ultimately questioning the idea of a photograph as a factual record. Read more.


David Milne: Modern Painting

DAVID MILNE: MODERN PAINTING

June 16 to September 9, 2018

David Milne: Modern Painting documents an artistic career that spanned the first half of the twentieth century, bringing together almost ninety works in oil and watercolour, never-before-exhibited photographs and drawings by the artist, and memorabilia collected by Milne during his time in Europe as an official war artist. Arranged chronologically and topographically, the exhibition follows Milne’s artistic development as he moved from the bustling sidewalks of New York City to the war-torn landscapes of northern France and back again to the woods, fields and skies of northeastern US and Canada. Read more.


Emily Carr in Dialogue with Mattie Gunterman

Emily Carr in Dialogue with Mattie Gunterman

April 28 to September 3, 2018

This exhibition draws on the Vancouver Art Gallery’s extensive holdings of Emily Carr’s work to reflect her direct engagement with and great affection for British Columbia’s landscape which, for her, was a site of artistic and spiritual inquiry. Like Carr, much of Mattie Gunterman’s oeuvre reflected her engagement with the wilderness around her, which she documented with images of friends, campsites, trappers, prospectors, miners and day-to-day pioneer life. Read more.


Bombhead image

BOMBHEAD

March 3 to June 17, 2018

BOMBHEAD is a thematic exhibition organized by guest curator John O’Brian that explores the emergence and impact of the nuclear age as represented by artists and their art. Strongly associated with obliteration and destruction, nuclear technologies have had a profound cultural and ecological impact since their development in the mid-20th century. Read more.


Living, Building, Thinking

Living, Building, Thinking: art and expressionism

March 3 to May 21, 2018

Living, Building, Thinking: art and expressionism uses the German Expressionist collection from the McMaster Museum of Art to explore the development of Expressionism in art from the early 19th century to the present day. Read more.


A Cultivating Journey: The Herman Levy Legacy

A Cultivating Journey: The Herman Levy Legacy

March 3 to May 21, 2018

Representing one of the most important donations ever made to a university gallery in Canada, A Cultivating Journey presents five centuries of magnificent art from the McMaster Museum of Art’s Levy Collection and Bequest from Herman Herzog Levy. Read more.


Takashi Muramaki

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

February 3 to May 6, 2018

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg is a major retrospective exhibition of the monumental paintings of international art icon Takashi Murakami.

From his early works to new, never-before-seen paintings and selected sculptures from different periods, the more than fifty works in this exhibition reflect Murakami’s exquisite level of craft, his insightful engagement with history and the consistent, universal themes that have guided his practice over the past three decades. Read more.


Emptiness

空/Emptiness: Emily Carr and Lui Shou Kwan

December 16, 2017 to April 7, 2018

空/Emptiness is a pairing of the Canadian modernist Emily Carr with Lui Shou Kwan founder of the New Ink Movement in Hong Kong. The exhibition is constructed through a comparison of how each artist experimented with modernist movements and mysticism through their respective depictions of nature. Read more.


Asim Waqif

Offsite: Asim Waqif

November 10, 2017 to April 15, 2018

New Delhi-based artist Asim Waqif will repurpose waste generated by demolition sites in Vancouver’s urban areas, employing materials from abandoned and derelict buildings anticipated for development. Waqif’s site-specific installation combines architecture with a strong contextual reference to contemporary urban design and the politics of occupying, intervening and using public space. Read more.