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

sonny Assu

We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu In Dialogue with Emily Carr

December 3, 2016 to April 23, 2017

Sonny Assu continues his ongoing body of work Interventions on The Imaginary, creating a new series of digital tags on a body of Emily Carr paintings selected from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s collection. Read more.

Presenting Sponsor:

Generously supported by:
Terrence and Lisa Turner
Associates of the Vancouver Art Gallery

sonny Assu

Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures

December 3, 2016 to April 17, 2017

The Vancouver Art Gallery is pleased to launch Vancouver Special, a triennial exhibition surveying contemporary art in Vancouver. Co-curated by Daina Augaitis and Jesse McKee, Ambivalent Pleasures, the first iteration within this series, assesses the arts activity and discourse in the city over the last five years. Presenting works by forty artists, the exhibition encompasses a range of approaches and reinvigorated explorations of surrealism, abstraction, atemporality and conceptual practices. Read more.

Generously supported by:
Artworkers Retirement Society
Chan Family Foundation
Phil Lind
Michael O’Brian Family Foundation

Supporting Sponsor:

Juxtapoz x Superflat

Juxtapoz x Superflat

November 5, 2016 to February 5, 2017

Juxtapoz x Superflat is a manifesto for new creative practices that can no longer be adequately described by the traditional categories of art and production. Presenting the work of more than 30 artists from Japan, China, Korea, Europe, the United States and Canada, this remarkable exhibition offers a unique insight into contemporary art and its place in cultural life. Read more.

Presenting Sponsors:
Brian and Andrea Hill

Offsite: Khan Lee

Offsite: Khan Lee

November 5, 2016 to April 17, 2017

Vancouver artist Khan Lee creates Red, Green and Blue a time-based sculptural installation that uses light and colour to animate nature. Drawing on broad references of horizon lines and landscape art, Lee enables passers-by to visualize the wind. Read more.
Walker Evans

Walker Evans: Depth of Field

October 29, 2016 to January 22, 2017

The American photographer Walker Evans (1903–1975) is among the most influential artists of the 20th century. Covering the full arc of his career, Walker Evans: Depth of Field presents the most comprehensive look at Evans’ work ever mounted in Canada. Read more.

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

Major support:
The Wesik Family

Additional support:
Christopher and Tara Poseley

This exhibition is made possible through support from

From the Collection: Stare


October 29, 2016 to January 22, 2017

Taking Walker Evans’ well known exhortation to “Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something” as a starting point, this exhibition will feature photographic works that evoke a fixed and concentrated gaze on the part of artist and viewer. Read 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.