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.

Touring Exhibitions

Across the Province

made possible with the generous support of:

The Killy Foundation

Across the Province is the Vancouver Art Gallery’s provincial touring program, which circulates exhibitions drawn from the Gallery’s permanent collection to partner institutions throughout British Columbia. Partners include: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam; Kamloops Art Gallery; Kelowna Art Gallery; Surrey Art Gallery; The Reach Gallery Museum, Abbotsford; and Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George; and the Nanaimo Museum in partnership with the Nanaimo Art Gallery.

Edward Burtynsky
Markarfljót River #1,
Erosion Control, Iceland
, 2012
chromogenic print
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of the Artist
© Edward Burtynsky, Courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto/Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

Emily Carr
Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky, 1931
oil on canvas
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Emily Carr Trust

A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky in Dialogue with Emily Carr

Toronto-based photographer Edward Burtynsky is internationally renowned for his captivating images of natural and man-made landscapes that reflect both the impressive reach of human enterprise and the extraordinary impact of our hubris. A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky in Dialogue with Emily Carr presents a selection of photographs Burtynsky produced between 1983 and 2013 that together represent all his major bodies of work, from his early series of homestead photographs shot in British Columbia in the early 1980s, to his new, groundbreaking project that explores water's fundamental place in the world ecology.

These photographs are presented in dialogue with a smaller selection of paintings and drawings by Emily Carr, an artist who also observed the impact of human industry on the natural world in some of her best-known works. Carr was painting in British Columbia in the early twentieth century, a time when industrialized agriculture, resource extraction and practices such as large-scale logging were on the rise. Though working in different media and over fifty years apart, both artists sought to record the changing landscape and our place in it.

Kamloops Art Gallery
October 18 – December 31, 2014

Kelowna Art Gallery
January 10 – March 1, 2015

Nanaimo Museum, in partnership with the Nanaimo Art Gallery
September 5 – November 21, 2015

The Reach Gallery Museum, Abbotsford
January 21 – April 24, 2016

Organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Bruce Grenville, Senior Curator.


The Vancouver Art Gallery presents approximately 15 temporary exhibitions annually, from which it selects major in-house curated exhibitions to travel to museums and galleries across Canada and around the world.

Douglas Coupland
Brilliant Information Overload Pop Head, 2010
acrylic and epoxy on pigment print
Collection of Lucia Haugen Lundin

Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything

Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything is the first major survey exhibition of the work of Douglas Coupland, an artist whose remarkably prolific production across a diverse range of media over the past 12 years addresses the singularity of Canadian culture, the power of language, as well as the ever-pervasive presence of technology in everyday life. The title of the exhibition, everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything, refers both to Coupland's deep engagement with place and cultural identity and, simultaneously, his recognition of a growing ubiquity as access to information, images and technology becomes more readily available to the masses.

Deftly capturing the zeitgeist of the moment, or as the artist states "the early 21st century condition," Coupland's visually engaging post-media practice includes installation, painting, photography, prints, quilts, as well as numerous public commissions. His work incisively synthesizes pop culture and technology with art historical references that range from historical paintings of Emily Carr and the Group of Seven to the pop sensibility of Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist and Andy Warhol. Recently, for example, Coupland has effectively married the traditional medium of painting with current technologies – his series of QR Code paintings function both as contemporary abstractions (referencing Piet Mondrian's abstract paintings), as well as actual QR codes, and when scanned with a smartphone, they generate pithy statements about life and death written by the artist. Often incorporating everyday materials and objects such as plastic lids, children's toys, pencils and books, Coupland's work probes the way that the things, images and processes of contemporary life affect our understanding of the world around us.

The exhibition is presented in Toronto by the Royal Ontario Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, and is being held concurrently at both institutions.

Royal Ontario Museum
January 31 – April 26, 2015

Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
January 31 – April 18, 2015

Organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director. This exhibition was made possible with the generous support of The Keg Steakhouse + Bar, and The Artworkers Retirement Society.

To learn more about our available touring exhibitions, please contact curatorial@vanartgallery.bc.ca