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

Bharti Kher


July 9 to October 10, 2016

BHARTI KHER Matter is the artist’s first major North American survey. It features the diversity of Bharti Kher’s practice, incorporating elements of painting, photography and sculpture that have been the hallmarks of her international career over the past two decades. Kher’s artworks are varied in material, sensibility and subject matter, yet are bound together by her penetrating explorations into the meaning of human relationships, spirituality, the animal world and the role of the femininity in today’s society. Her work leaves us to ponder what it means to be human today.Find out more »


BHARTI KHER Matter is part of the Vancouver Art Gallery's Institute of Asian Art's exhibition programing which features historical, contemporary and emerging international and local Asian artists
Exhibition Support:
Hari Sharma Foundation
Generously Supported by:
Lesley Stowe and Geoffrey Scott

Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family

Community Engagement Support:
Indian Summer Festival

The Gallery recognizes Saat Saath Arts Foundation for research support and the Indian Summer Festival
for community engagement.

Bharti Kher is presented as part of the Gallery’s Institute of Asian Art initiative

Founding Corporate Visionary Partner
for the Institute of Asian Art
Wolfgang Paalen

Emily Carr

I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer:
Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia

July 1 to November 13, 2016

This first pairing of the Modernist painters Wolfgang Paalen (1905–1959) and Emily Carr (1871–1945) will tell the story of how the artists met in Victoria, British Columbia, in 1939, and how the creative vision of each expanded in reaction to the majestic landscape of British Columbia and the monumental art of the Northwest Coast First Nations. Find out more »

Generously supported by:
Gary Bell
Associates of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family

Additional support for the publication is provided by the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Endowment

Picasso: The Artist and His Muses

June 11 to October 2, 2016

Known for his enormous contribution to the canon of great art in the 20th century, Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (1881—1973) is one of the masters of Modernism. Examining the significance of the six women who were inspirational to his artistic development, Picasso: The Artist and His Muses is the most significant exhibition of Picasso’s work ever presented in Vancouver. Find out more »
Art Centre Basel
An exhibition created by Art Centre Basel, curated by Katharina Beisiegel and produced in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery

Presenting Sponsor:
The Keg
Major Sponsor:
Supporting Sponsor:

Generously Supported by:
Joan Anderson
Jake and Judy Kerr

Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family
Supported by the Government of Canada /
Avec l'appui du gouvernement du Canada
Harry Callahan

Harry Callahan: The Street

June 11 to October 30, 2016

Harry Callahan (1912–1999) was one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century.
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Generously Supported by:
Shauna K. Woolley
Visionary Partner for Photography Exhibitions:
Miles, Maureen and Larry Lunn

                      An Agreeable State of Uncertainty

An Agreeable State of Uncertainty

June 11 to October 30, 2016

Selected from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s collection by artist Stephen Waddell, this exhibition takes the themes addressed in the work of the American photographer Harry Callahan as its starting point.
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NEXT: Stephen Waddell

NEXT: Stephen Waddell
Dark Matter Atlas

June 11 to October 30, 2016

This exhibition will feature a recent body of photographs in which Waddell has departed dramatically from the subject matter of his previous work by focusing on underground caverns in the United States, Canada and Lebanon—spaces once inaccessible that are now open to tourists.
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Presenting Sponsor:
Generously Supported by:
Jane Irwin and Ross Hill
Visionary Partner for BC Artist Exhibitions:
David Aisenstat
Visionary Partner for Photography Exhibitions:
Miles, Maureen and Larry Lunn
Marina Roy

Marina Roy: Your Kingdom to Command

June 2 to October 10, 2016

Marina Roy uses both natural and processed materials to create a 25 meter mural and tree fountain that stands out in contrast to the glass and concrete office towers in downtown Vancouver. Find out more »

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.