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

The Conceptual Design of the new Vancouver Art Gallery

September 30, 2015 to January 24, 2016

Conceptual design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery, 2015
Vancouver, BC, Canada
© Herzog & de Meuron, Herzog & de Meuron
View across Queen Elizabeth Square


Conceptual design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery, 2015
Vancouver, BC, Canada
© Herzog & de Meuron, Herzog & de Meuron
Gallery Courtyard


Conceptual design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery, 2015
Vancouver, BC, Canada
© Herzog & de Meuron, Herzog & de Meuron



Conceptual design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery, 2015
Vancouver, BC, Canada
© Herzog & de Meuron, Herzog & de Meuron
West Georgia Street at night



In the 85 years since its inception the Vancouver Art Gallery has grown and expanded at a considered pace, responding to the changing needs of our city, region and province; of the artists who continue to inspire us; and of the members, students, families and individuals who share our belief that art is an engaging and meaningful part of contemporary life.

In this room we present the conceptual design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery. The architectural model, videos and renderings reveal an exciting vision for the Gallery's dynamic new presence in Vancouver. The rich design offers appealing public spaces, thoughtfully integrated with a unique and compelling building which is designed to house and display the most significant public collection of art in Western Canada, and to captivate our audiences through exhibitions, education programs and public events.

Within the building design process the "concept" is the initial design idea for the building. This is a preliminary stage that is intended to describe the context for the Gallery within the city and the character and capacity of the Gallery's interior and exterior spaces. The large plinth in the centre of this room holds a model of the conceptual design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery and describes its dynamic position in the city, on a site that embodies Vancouver's rich history and is strategically situated to substantially contribute to its future growth. Three large architectural renderings provide a cogent insight into the context, the public spaces and the viewpoints that define the new Gallery's design and its place in Vancouver. Floorplans and section views offer a preliminary layout of the key spaces within the Gallery, and the videos provide a further range of images of the building and insight into the research that led to this design.

The conceptual design was conceived by Herzog & de Meuron, the design architects for the new Vancouver Art Gallery. They are internationally renowned for their innovative and elegant buildings and their contribution to the design of contemporary museums. Their focused attention to materials, surface, the existing landscape, cultural history and environmental conditions has defined a practice that is astonishingly subtle and complex. For the Vancouver Art Gallery project, Herzog & de Meuron are collaborating with Vancouver-based Perkins + Will who were selected by the Gallery in 2014 to serve as the local Architect of Record.



This exhibition is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery. We are tremendously grateful to current members of our Board of Trustees for their generous contributions to the Campaign for the New Vancouver Art Gallery, and to individuals who have made important donations to the new Gallery over the past several years. Our deep gratitude extends also to the Province of British Columbia for their lead investment of $50 million, and to the City of Vancouver for their invaluable contribution of the Larwill Park site.



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