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


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:

Onsite: Tsang Kin-Wah

September 8, 2017 to January 2, 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


A program of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s
Institute of Asian Art.
Founding Corporate Visionary Partner
for the Institute of Asian Art
Visionary Partners:
Liu Bao, Wang Ying and Liu Manzhao

With appreciation to members of the IAA Development Committee
Onsite: Tsang Kin-Wah is generously supported by the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program.

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.