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


January 23 to May 2, 2010

Michael Lin
Georgia Street Plaza 23.01 - 02.05.10, 2010
paint on metal
Photo: Trevor Mills and Rachel Topham

Michael Lin
Georgia Street Plaza
[detail], 2010
[production image]
paint on aluminum panels
Photo: Rachel Topham
Michael Lin is highly regarded for his monumental painted installations that reconfigure and redesign public spaces. Using patterns based on traditional Taiwanese textiles, his work has been integrated into museum cafés, lobbies, galleries and façades in many countries, dynamically transforming their architecture and the the way they are perceived by the public.

For his solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Michael Lin has created an enormous hand-painted mural that will cover the Gallery’s Georgia Street façade, bringing his artwork outside the traditional confines of the Gallery space. Expanding on his interest in veiling the institution, he has also conceived a book-wrapping project for the Gallery Store, which will cover Gallery publications in a wrapping paper of his own design.

Raised in Taiwan, Lin lives between Brussels, Shanghai and Taipei. His work reflects the influence of these diverse sites of cultural production and his movement between them

Michael Lin: A Modest Veil is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and presented with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad and the City of Vancouver's Public Art Program. The exhibition is sponsored by Omega and supported by the Council for Cultural Affairs (Chinese Taipei) in collaboration with the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York. Curated by Bruce Grenville, senior curator, with Emmy Lee, assistant curator






The Council for Cultural Affairs (Chinese Taipei) in collaboration with the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York