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

A Cultivating Journey: The Herman Levy Legacy

March 3 to May 21, 2018


Chaïm Soutine
Portrait of the Painter Richard X, c. 1916–17
oil on canvas
McMaster Museum of Art, Gift of Herman H. Levy



Camille Pissarro
Pommiers en Fleur, 1870
oil on canvas
McMaster Museum of Art, Gift of Herman H. Levy



Claude Monet
Waterloo Bridge, Effet de Soleil, 1903
oil on canvas
McMaster Museum of Art, Gift of Herman H. Levy


Representing one of the most important donations ever made to a university gallery in Canada, A Cultivating Journey presents five centuries of magnificent art from the McMaster Museum of Art’s Levy Collection and Bequest from Herman Herzog Levy.

This exhibition reflects the remarkable acumen of Levy as a collector and explores new scholarship and perspectives on the objects and the collector himself, demonstrating the continuing impact of one man's passion for art. Works by well-known artists such as Gustave Courbet, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh reflect Levy’s personal taste and interests, which favoured Impressionist and Post- Impressionist landscapes, portraits and still lifes. He followed his donation of artworks with a substantial financial bequest specifically for art purchases, through which 219 acquisitions were made. The Levy Bequest made it possible to expand different aspects of the museum's collection and add historical, modern and contemporary works, including those by a range of French, British, Japanese, German and Netherlandish artists.

Organized and circulated by the McMaster Museum of Art and curated by Dr. Ihor Holubizky, Senior Curator


Visionary Partners for Historical Exhibitions:
Huaijun Chen and Family

Government of Canada
This project is supported by the Museums Assistance Program at Canadian Heritage/Ce projet est appuyé dans le cadre du Programme d’aide aux musées de Patrimoine canadien