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.

Past Exhibitions

2017

Onsite: Tsang Kin-Wah

Through March 4, 2018

Tsang Kin-Wah will create a site-specific text work for the Vancouver art gallery exterior. Based on editorials taken from Vancouver newspapers in the 1980-90s, Tsang’s text critically addresses generalizations and issues surrounding the cultural climate of immigration in Vancouver from Hong Kong. The composition of the pattern is made from text in both Chinese and English. The exhibition explores the immigrant experience and marginalized voices in an attempt to unpack history and account for suppressed narratives. Read more.


True Nordic

True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada
Nordique: L’Influence du design scandinave au Canada

October 28, 2017 to February 4, 2018

This groundbreaking exhibition examines the significant influence of Scandinavian craft and industrial design on the development of Canadian culture. Spanning more than seven decades, True Nordic reveals how Scandinavian design was introduced in Canada and how its aesthetics and material forms were adopted and transformed.

Supporting Sponsor:


Government of Canada
This project is supported by the Museums Assistance Program at Canadian Heritage/Ce projet est appuyé dans le cadre du Programme d’aide aux musées de Patrimoine canadien

Portrait of the Artist

Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection

October 28, 2017 to February 4, 2018

This exhibition brings together the Royal Collection’s paintings depicting self-portraits, portraits of artists and artists at work. Encompassing over 80 works, the exhibition is a rich survey of how artists have seen themselves and the role of the artist within society.

The Royal Collection


Organized by Royal Collection Trust and curated by Anna Reynolds, Lucy Peter and Martin Clayton.

Presenting Sponsor:
TD


Visionary Partner for Historical Exhibitions:
Huaijun Chen and Family

Generously supported by:
Keming Zhou and Ming Li

Carol Sawyer

Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive

October 28, 2017 to February 4, 2018

Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive presents Sawyer’s ongoing project that reconstructs the life and work of the genre-defying, fictional singer and artist Natalie Brettschneider. The works on view will connect Brettschneider to a community of mid-twentieth century artists and musicians in British Columbia.

Visionary Partner for BC Artist Exhibitions:
David Aisenstat

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

Gordon Smith

Gordon Smith: The Black Paintings

October 21, 2017 to February 4, 2018

Beginning in 1990, Gordon Smith began to produce a body of work that has been characterized as dark or black paintings. These highly accomplished and subtle abstractions, often with collaged elements, sometimes refer explicitly to his war time experience. Complex and layered, the works reveal his ongoing interest in how paint looks and feels and how gesture reverberates when expressed in paint.

Visionary Partner for BC Artist Exhibitions:
David Aisenstat


Generously supported by:
Eric Savics
Lesley Stowe and Geoffrey Scott



Additional support from:
Maohua Chen
Yafei Li
Jiantao Zhao

Entangled

Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting

September 30, 2017 to January 1, 2018

Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting offers an insight into two distinctly different modes of painting. The origins of both can be traced back to the 1970s when the continued existence of painting was hotly debated. This exhibition traces the legacy of that debate and presents the work of 31 artists who have been active participants in the strong revival that painting now enjoys in this country.

Generously supported by:
Cathy Zuo
Phil Lind
The Timothy C. Kerr Family Foundation


Emily Carr - Into the Forest From the Collection

Emily Carr: Into the Forest

May 13 to December 3, 2017

Emily Carr, born in Victoria, BC, is one of Canada’s most renowned modern artists. Significant as a landscape painter, this selection of artworks, drawn primarily from the Gallery's collection, includes some of her greatest canvases and oils on paper. These works demonstrate Carr’s profound regard for British Columbia’s natural environment and her remarkable ability to depict the vitality of our dense coastal forests. Read more.

Presenting Sponsor:



Offsite: Tsang Kin-Wah

May 4 to October 15, 2017

Tsang Kin-Wah will create a site-specific text work for the Vancouver art gallery exterior. Based on editorials taken from Vancouver newspapers in the 1980-90s, Tsang’s text critically addresses generalizations and issues surrounding the cultural climate of immigration in Vancouver from Hong Kong. The composition of the pattern is made from text in both Chinese and English. The exhibition explores the immigrant experience and marginalized voices in an attempt to unpack history and account for suppressed narratives


IAA

A program of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s
Institute of Asian Art.
Founding Corporate Visionary Partner
for the Institute of Asian Art
TD
Visionary Partners:
Liu Bao, Wang Ying and Liu Manzhao
With appreciation to members of the IAA Development Committee
 
City of Vancouver
OFFSITE: Tsang Kin-Wah is funded by the City of Vancouver through the Public Art Program. The Gallery recognizes Ian Gillespie, President, Westbank; Ben Yeung, President, Peterson Investment Group; and the residents of the Shangri-La for their support of this space.

Claude Monet

Claude Monet’s Secret Garden

June 24, 2017 to October 1, 2017

The most important exhibition of French painter Claude Monet’s work in Canada in two decades, Claude Monet’s Secret Garden traces the career of this pivotal figure in Western art history. Monet’s 1872 painting Impression: Sunrise gave a name to the avant-garde movement of French painters called Impressionism. Together with his peers, Monet’s embrace of modern subject matter and innovative techniques defied the conventions of painting in nineteenth-century Europe, shaping the course of Modern art to come. Read more.

The exhibition is collaboratively organized by the Musée Marmottan Monet and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Presenting Sponsor:


Major Sponsor:
Coromandel Properties


Supporting Sponsor:


Additional support:

Jake and Judy Kerr
Marti Barregar
Joanie Anderson


Supported by the Government of Canada /
Avec l'appui du gouvernement du Canada
Government of Canada
Stephen Shore: The Giverny Portfolio From the Collection

Stephen Shore: The Giverny Portfolio

June 24 to October 1, 2017

Contemporary American photographer Stephen Shore produced an important body of images during several visits to Monet’s garden at Giverny between 1977 and 1982. Read more.

Generously supported by:
Chan Family Foundation

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

Elad Lassry

Elad Lassry

June 24 to October 1, 2017

Elad Lassry is a Tel Aviv-born, Los Angeles-based artist whose photographs, collages, drawings, sculptures and films are concerned with the nature of perception and the contemporary conditions for images. This exhibition surveys works produced by the artist over the last decade and is the first major exhibition of his work in Canada. Read more.

Major support generously provided by:
Phil Lind

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

Persistence From the Collection

Persistence

June 24 to October 1, 2017

Persistence draws on recent works, largely from the Gallery’s collection, that illuminate the shifting role and unexpected endurance of technologies, physical objects and bodies. Key works include Shelagh Keeley’s Notes on Obsolescence, a large-scale wall drawing portraying Jacquard looms in a defunct textile mill, and a collaborative installation by Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson which incorporates a myriad of disused objects. Read more.

Generously supported by:
Michael O’Brian Family Foundation

Larwill Park

Larwill Park Site Inaugural Project
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Ovoidism

September 22, 2016 to September 25, 2017

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun is a renowned Vancouver-based artist of Coast Salish and Okanagan descent who has produced a public art installation on the future site of the Vancouver Art Gallery where a group of brilliantly coloured ovoid sculptures mark the location. Read more.

Pictures From Here

Pictures From Here

May 19 to September 4, 2017

Beginning in the late 1970s artists such as Ian Wallace, Jeff Wall, Christos Dikeakos and Rodney Graham developed intellectually rigorous approaches to photography. Breaking with the romantic landscape tradition that dominated art making and collecting in Vancouver well into the 1970s, they developed practices that both articulated an affinity with the avant-garde projects of early modernism and uniquely acknowledged the specific place and historical moment in which they were working.
Read more.

Co-Presenting Sponsors:
Rogers



BMO


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

Major support generously provided by:
The Wesik Family
Naudia and Mark Maché


Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver

March 4 to May 28, 2017

June 2017 marks the 20-year anniversary of the transfer of Hong Kong sovereignty from the United Kingdom to mainland China. In the lead up to the handover, tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents immigrated to Canada, many choosing to settle in Vancouver, and among them were a significant number of artists.

IAA  Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver is part of the Vancouver Art Gallery's Institute of Asian Art exhibition programing which features historical, contemporary and emerging international and local Asian artists

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


Major Exhibition Support:
Angela Bi

Additional support:
Amelia Gao
Don and Barbara Stuart

Supporting Sponsor:

Additional support from Founding Members of the IAA Development Committee:
Shawn He, Liu Junjun, Guo Quan Peng, Fiona Yang,
Yin Qing, Vivian Zhang, Cathy Zuo


Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy

March 4 to May 28, 2017

Retainers of Anarchy is a solo exhibition featuring new work from Howie Tsui that considers wuxia as a narrative tool for dissidence and resistance. Wuxia, a traditional form of martial arts literature that expanded into 20th century popular film and television, was created out of narratives and characters often from lower social classes that uphold chivalric ideals against oppressive forces during unstable times.


Generously supported by:
Sherry Killam

Susan Point: Spindle Whorl

February 18 to May 28, 2017

Over the past three and a half decades, Musqueam artist Susan Point has received wide acclaim for her accomplished and remarkably wide-ranging oeuvre that forcefully asserts the vitality of Coast Salish culture, both past and present. Read more.

Major Sponsor:
Polygon

Supporting Sponsors:
Vancity
Hemlock Printers

Generously supported by:
The McLean Foundation


Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family

Visionary Partner for BC Artist Exhibitions:
David Aisenstat

Support for the publication is provided by the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Endowment for Research and Publications.