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

From the Collection

The Metamorphosis

November 24, 2018 - March 17, 2019


Beau Dick
Sculpin Mask, 1985–92
red cedar, acrylic paint, cedar bark
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Acquisition Fund
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

The Metamorphosis brings together contemporary art from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s permanent collection that addresses the notion of transformation—whether it be physical, spiritual or cultural. Some artists featured physically alter the appearance of their materials, while others repurpose everyday objects in evocative ways. Some create works that suggest a movement between different realms or states, seeking altered consciousness or spiritual transcendence. Others still engage the issue of cultural hybridity as a result of shifts between one milieu and another, often pointing to the difficulties of translation that result. Many of the works in The Metamorphosis have been acquired within the past five years, and several of them will be on view at the Vancouver Art Gallery for the first time.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Emmy Lee Wall, Assistant Curator, Bruce Grenville, Senior Curator, and Tarah Hogue, Senior Indigenous Fellow.


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