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Upcoming Events 

Past Events 
TUE 7pm
In the Gallery Rotunda, 1st floor
Performance / Wang Dongling

Renowned contemporary calligrapher, Wang Dongling will write the Heart Sutra, one of the most important Mahayana Buddhist scriptures, during a public performance in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s rotunda. Wang will use his calligraphic invention, "chaos script," in which characters and even entire columns of text collide, generating an energetic and amorphous chaos and a written language that is pushed to the brink of legibility. Wang’s script heightens the tension between a calligrapher's controls—honed by a lifetime of training—and the spontaneity of live performance.

This performance can be viewed from the 1st and 3rd floor Rotunda. Space is limited and first come, first served. The event has standing room only. Please email if accessibility accommodation are needed.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.


MAR 23
WED 10am
Hong Kong, China

Institute of Asian Art Hong Kong Launch

During Art Basel Hong Kong, the Vancouver Art Gallery joins the international platform of curators, directors and artists in a brunch to celebrate the Gallery’s recently launched Institute of Asian Art.


FRI 3:30pm
In the Gallery, 3rd floor
Meet in the lobby

Artist’s Tour / Bharti Kher

Join New Delhi–based artist Bharti Kher as she tours her retrospective exhibition with co-curators Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director, and Diana Freundl, Associate Curator, Asian Art. The work of this internationally acclaimed artist explores complex human concerns of gender and social relationships.

Indian Summer Festival

Free. No registration required. Enter via the Hornby Street doors, meet in the lobby.

SAT 10am
In the Gallery
BHARTI KHER Matter / Exhibition opens to the public at Vancouver Art Gallery

The first major North America retrospective of artist Bharti Kher, this exhibition brings together sculptures and paintings which represent the diversity of Kher’s practice that speaks about domesticity, gender and body politics. Read more »