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

Embracing Canada:
Landscapes from Krieghoff to the Group of Seven

October 30, 2015 to January 24, 2016

Watch now a special preview for Embracing Canada: Landscapes from Krieghoff to the Group of Seven.

Cornelius Krieghoff
The Royal Mail Crossing the St. Lawrence, 1860
oil on canvas
Private Collection

Frederick Verner
Muskoka River, South Branch, 1875
oil on canvas
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Gift of Dr. Rodrigo Restrepo
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Lectures | Talks | Events
Sun, Jan 17, 11am | Public Tour w/ ASL

For over a century the natural world and our relationship to it was a major subject for Canadian artists. Through paintings in the 1800s by Cornelius Krieghoff, Zacharie Vincent and others, Embracing Canada begins with early depictions of Indigenous peoples. European settlers in the Canadian landscape are also depicted by the artists such as Charlotte Schreiber and Homer Watson, who are associated with the founding of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1880, as well as the artists associated with the expanding Canadian Pacific Railway including Frederick M. Bell-Smith. As the exhibition progresses, artists' paintings of Canada shift toward the landscape itself rather than human activity within it, as demonstrated by extraordinary works by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. They and other figures such as Emily Carr, David Milne and Jock Macdonald, who begin to define a unique modern Canadian style.

Drawing on the collections of the Vancouver Art Gallery and a remarkable loan from an important private collection, Embracing Canada surveys the history of artistic engagement with the Canadian landscape from c. 1840 to 1940, a period that produced many outstanding Canadian artists.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Ian Thom, Senior Curator-Historical.

Education Support:

Supporting Sponsor:

Exclusive Paint Sponsor:
Sherwin Williams

Generously Supported by:
An Anonymous Donor
Gary R. Bell

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The Richardson Family