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

Out of Sight

Out of Sight
New Acquisitions

March 29 to September 1, 2014

Out of Sight: New Acquisitions features works that have been added, through donation or purchase, to the Gallery's collection over the past two years, many of which will be on view for the first time. The exhibition is centred on the recent donation of 80 photographs by Harold Edgerton, who is credited with inventing ultra high-speed stroboscopic photography to capture events that occur too quickly to be viewed by the human eye. Read more.

Visionary Partner:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation


Myfanywy MacLeod

Myfanwy MacLeod, Or There and Back Again

March 8 to June 8, 2014

This exhibition presents a new body of sculpture by the Vancouver-based artist Myfanwy MacLeod. Drawing upon motifs associated with the sexually charged music of Led Zeppelin and the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien, the exhibition examines the conventions of the heroic quest as a male fantasy.

Visionary Partner:
David Aisenstat
Generously Supported by:
Douglas E. Bolton
Publication Support:


Jane Irwin and Ross Hill

Edward Burtynsky

Artist's Choice
Cock and Bull

March 8 to June 8, 2014

Presented in conjunction with Myfanwy MacLeod, or There and Back Again, this exhibition features work from the Gallery's permanent collection selected by Myfanwy MacLeod and Grant Arnold following the model of "cock and bull story,"...Read more.

Visionary Partner:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation


Lawren Harris

Lawren Harris
Canadian Visionary

March 1 to May 4, 2014

This career survey of Lawren Stewart Harris, founding member of the Group of Seven, traces Harris' artistic evolution from the early years of the twentieth century to the mid-1960s, illustrating his move from representational art to abstraction.

Generously Supported by:
Stephanie A. Carlson


Edward Burtynsky

A Terrible Beauty
Edward Burtynsky

March 1 to May 26, 2014

This exhibition presents work by Toronto-based photographer Edward Burtynsky, who is internationally renowned for his captivating images of natural and man-made landscapes that reflect both the impressive reach of human enterprise and the extraordinary impact of our hubris.

Presenting Sponsor:


Emily Carr: Scorned

Scorned: Emily Carr

March 1 to May 26, 2014

Scorned: Emily Carr engages in dialogue with the concurrent exhibition A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky, presenting works that demonstrate Carr's interest in the denatured landscape–an occasional, but notable, subject of her work. Read more.


Visionary Partner:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation