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

Rebecca Belmore
Rising to the Occasion

June 7 to October 5, 2008

Rebecca Belmore
White Thread, 2008
inkjet on watercolour paper
Kamloops Art Gallery Collection
Purchased with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program.
Photo: Rebecca Belmore
Through powerful images that implicate the body, performances that address history and memory, and gestures that evoke a sense of place, Rebecca Belmore is known for creating multi-disciplinary works that reveal a long-standing commitment to the politics of identity and representation.

Rebecca Belmore comprises a selection of work that spans the course of her significant career, drawing out connections between early performances and later sculptures, photographs and videos through recurring metaphors that are as provocative as they are poignant. In Belmore’s work, the classical reclining figure, for example, is bound in cloth, suspended or scarred, disrupting an otherwise passive gaze and asking viewers to reflect on their relationship to the practice of looking.

Born in Upsala, Ontario and currently living in Vancouver, Belmore has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally, including two solo touring exhibitions, The Named and the Unnamed, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2002 and 33 Pieces, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto at Mississauga, 2001. She was Canada's official representative at the Venice Biennale in 2005 and has participated in the Sydney Biennial and the Havana Biennial.

Rebecca Belmore is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, chief curator/associate director and Kathleen Ritter, assistant curator.