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

Moving Still: Performative Photography in India

April 19 - September 2, 2019


Pushpamala N,
Sunhere Sapne (Golden Dreams), 1998
hand-tinted black and white photograph
Shumita and Arani Bose Collection, NY.

Moving Still: Performative Photography in India explores themes of migration, gender, religion and national identity through the lens of performative photography. The exhibition focuses on the photo-based practices of contemporary artists who are rooted in the diversity of cultures within the country, while at the same time engaging in a global dialogue.

Participating artists include Nikhil Chopra, Anita Dube, Gauri Gill, Sunil Gupta, Ranbir Kaleka, Naveen Kishore, Sonia Khurana, Pushpamala N, Tejal Shah, Umrao Singh Sher-Gil, Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II, Kiran Subbaiah and Vivan Sundaram.

In partnership with Capture Photography Festival, a large photo mural from Naveen Kishore’s work in Moving Still will be presented at the Canada Line Vancouver City Centre Station from April 1 to September 1, 2019.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery, an initiative of the Institute of Asian Art and curated by Diana Freundl, Associate Curator of Asian Art and Gayatri Sinha, Independent Curator and founder of Critical Collective.

Please be advised that a small part of the exhibition Moving Still: Performative Photography in India includes adult content that may not be suitable for some viewers.

Visionary Partners for the Institute of Asian Art:
Liu Bao, Wang Ying and Liu Manzhao

Visionary Partners for Photography Exhibitions:
Miles, Maureen and Larry Lunn

With additional support from:
The IAA Development Committee (Angela Bi, Gary Chen, Amelia Gao, Shawn He, Yin Qing)

Dr Hari Sharma Foundation logo

  • Gauri Gill, Untitled, from Acts of Appearance series 2015-ongoing
    archival pigment print
    Courtesy of the Artist

  • Naveen Kishore, Performing the Goddess—The Chappal Bhaduri Story, 2013
    mixed media collage, digital prints on archival rag paper,
    Courtesy of the Artist, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich and Project 88, Mumbai

  • Tejal Shah, Between the Waves—Outer, 2013
    mixed media collage, digital prints on archival rag paper,
    Courtesy of the Artist, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich and Project 88, Mumbai

  • Nikhil Chopra, Sir Raja III (Veranda), 2005
    inkjet print
    Courtesy of the Artist and Chaterjee & Lal




Download the complimentary Vancouver Art Gallery Audio Guide App using gallery or personal wifi, search for “Vancouver Art Gallery” in the appropriate application on your mobile device. Devices are also available for loan at the admissions desk at no additional cost.

Explore, Gather, Discuss

The Vancouver Art Gallery has collaborated with partners Capture Photography Festival and Indian Summer Festival in addition to Asian Art Archive to develop a rich picture of India’s art ecology in the Rotunda, located at the center of our third floor galleries. The Rotunda’s walls feature murals by local artist Sandeep Johal and quotes selected by local writer Sirish Rao. With videos, publications and an ongoing schedule of public programming, this interpretative space is organized for viewers to further consider the themes in the exhibition Moving Still: Performative Photography in India.

Through the Vancouver Art Gallery App, visitors can search previous exhibitions and publications on Indian modern and contemporary art in the online database of the Asian Art Archive. On the App, we also ask you to share your reflections on artworks in the exhibition as well as the themes explored.