Special Events


FRI 6pm
Vancouver Art Gallery
Monet's Secret Garden Summer Gala 2017

Claude Monet's Secret Garden

On June 16, descend on the grand front steps of the Gallery and enter Monet's Secret Garden of Giverny for a one-of-a-kind Summer Gala. The event will include an exclusive preview of the feature summer exhibition Claude Monet's Secret Garden, as well as cocktails, fine dining and special performances.

For more information contact events@vanartgallery.bc.ca
or visit the Gala page.

Event Presenting Sponsor and Exhibition Supporting Sponsor

With special thanks to our Event Legacy Sponsor

Claude Monet's Secret Garden is collaboratively organized by the Musťe Marmottan Monet and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

We gratefully acknowledge our exhibition supporters

Presenting Sponsor

Major Sponsor

Additional Support

Jake and Judy Kerr
Marti Barregar
Joanie Anderson

Government of Canada

Supported by the Government of Canada / Avec l'appui du gouvernement du Canada

TUE 7pm
UBC Robson Square, Theatre C300
800 Robson Street
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Heller Lecture
Ross King

Claude Monetís Secret Garden

Celebrated historian Ross King will delve into the art and life of Claude Monet, an artist whose career changed the course of western art history. Drawing from his new book Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lillies (2016), King paints a nuanced portrait of Monet, arguably the most famous artist of the 20th century.

Monetís water lily paintings conjure visions of peace, beauty and tranquility. However, these majestic canvases were created during a time of war: Monet began work on them only months before the outbreak of WWI. They are also the product of an anguished period in his life, when he was coping with the death of his wife and his deteriorating vision, as well as his artistic self-doubts. This illustrated lecture will examine the impact of these events on his most iconic paintings.

Ross King is the award-winning author of books on Italian, French and Canadian art and history. Among his books are Brunelleschiís Dome, Michelangelo and the Popeís Ceiling, The Judgment of Paris (Governor Generalís Award, 2006), Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven, and Leonardo and The Last Supper (Governor Generalís Award, 2012). He is the co-author with Anja Grebe of Florence: The Paintings & Frescoes, 1250-1743. His latest book, Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies, was the winner of the 2017 RBC Taylor Prize.

The 2017 Heller Lecture is presented in conjunction with Claude Monetís Secret Garden, an exhibition from the famous Musťe Marmottan Monet, Paris. This exhibition is the first solo exhibition of Monetís work in western Canada and presents the evolution of this influential artist to a degree not seen in Canada in over a generation, demonstrating both the enduring power of his vision and his continued relevance to painting.

Generously supported by Paul and Edwina Heller in memory of Kitty Heller.


$30 General admission / $20 Members

*Doors open 6:30pm. All tickets are general admission and seating is first come, first served. Please note that the theatre has a combination of fixed theatre seats and bleacher style seating.

*TICKETED EVENT | All programming is in the Gallery and free with Gallery Admission unless otherwise indicated.
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