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The Vancouver Art Gallery’s exhibition program remains
one of the most dynamic in Canada. The Gallery’s balance of timely exhibitions by leading
contemporary artists combined with landmark historical projects continues to draw both
national and international attention.
Summer 2010 opened with an exhibition that bridged the gap between historical and
contemporary, shedding new light on one of the cornerstones of the Gallery’s collection: the
work of Emily Carr.
In Dialogue with Carr: Douglas Coupland, Evan Lee, Liz Magor, Marianne
presented Carr’s work together with four contemporary British Columbia artists,
opening up a dialogue between the past and the present.
Robert Adams: The Place We Live, A Retrospective Selection of Photographs
was among the
diverse offering of exhibitions in the fall of 2010. The first large-scale exhibition of the work of the
venerable American photographer presented in Canada, it included over 300 photographs tracing
his longstanding concern with the degradation of the environment in the face of urban develop-
ment. Two complimentary exhibitions were also presented:
Everything Everyday
, a selection of
works from the Gallery’s collection, and
Song Dong: Waste Not
, a monumental installation com-
posed of the multitude of domestic objects collected by the artist’s mother during her lifetime.
An ambitious program of commissioned public artworks continued at
, the Gallery’s
public art space located on West Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver.
, a large pavilion
built entirely out of salvaged wood by UK artists Heather and Ivan Morison, was the third
project to be featured at this unique public art location.
Winter 2011 featured a series of exhibitions particularly relevant to the city, including
WE: Vancouver — 12 Manifestos for the City
, an exhibition that examined Vancouver through
an extraordinary range of practices, actions and ideas that shape and activate this area. The
exhibition included the work of more than 40 Vancouver-based cultural producers, as well
as multiple events in collaboration with
Ken Lum
examined the breadth of the
Vancouver artist’s practice over the past twenty-five years in the first large-scale solo survey
of his work.
, an exhibition drawn primarily from the Gallery’s permanent collection,
considered contemporary artists’ explorations into ideas around desire, fantasy, anxiety and
the absurd.
Walking + Falling: Jim Campbell, Chris Marker and Eadweard Muybridge
the work of three artists who have utilized new media to explore and represent complex
notions of time, movement and memory.
The fiscal year ended with
The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art
, the
most comprehensive exhibition of its kind ever to be shown in this country. With more than