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

空/Emptiness: Emily Carr and Lui Shou Kwan

December 16, 2017 to April 7, 2018

Emily Carr
Grey, 1928–30
oil on canvas
Private Collection

Lui Shou Kwan
Taiwan Landscape—Ali Shan, 1971
ink, pigment on paper
Private Collection

Lui Shou Kwan
Untitled, 1962
ink, pigment on paper
Private Collection
Photo: Maegan Hill-Carroll, Vancouver Art Gallery

空/Emptiness is a pairing of the Canadian modernist Emily Carr with Lui Shou Kwan founder of the New Ink Movement in Hong Kong. The exhibition is constructed through a comparison of how each artist experimented with modernist movements and mysticism through their respective depictions of nature.

Born in Victoria, BC, Emily Carr (1871–1945) is widely recognized for her paintings depicting the forested landscapes of British Columbia. Born in Guangzhou, China, Lui Shou Kwan (1919–1975) is a renowned painter in the traditional and modern styles of Chinese ink painting.

The scenery of the Pacific Northwest Coast forest remained an essential subject of Carr’s paintings, and similarly, Lui’s landscapes cannot be separated from the islands of Hong Kong. The exhibition presents more than forty works representing varied techniques and styles that each artist utilized to investigate the shapes, colours and rhythmic changes in nature. Together the works of Carr and Lui share a vision of the natural world as a mystical dimension and a revelation that the action of painting, can achieve a sense of mindfulness.

This exhibition is the eighth in a series of In Dialogue With Carr exhibitions organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Diana Freundl, Associate Curator, Asian Art

Presenting Sponsor:

Generously supported by:
Don and Barbara Stuart
Priscilla Lam and Francis Law
Associates of the Vancouver Art Gallery


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

Founding Corporate Visionary Partner
for the Institute of Asian Art
With thanks to the IAA Development Committee:
Angela Bi, Amelia Gao, Shawn He, Liu Junjun, Mei Deng and the late Guo Quan Peng, Fiona Yang, Yin Qing, Vivian Zhang, Cathy Zuo