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.

Upcoming Exhibitions

From the Collection

Robert Rauschenberg 1965–1980

July 6 to October 27, 2019


Robert Rauschenberg
Publicon–Station 1, 1978
wood, paint, textile, metal, paper, electrical parts, light bulb, gold leaf
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Young, Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery oil on canvas

Drawn primarily from the Gallery’s collection, Robert Rauschenberg 1965–1980 explores the artist’s experimental, radical approach to artmaking. Rauschenberg is renowned for using everyday materials and the detritus of popular culture to investigate the intersection of art and life. He borrowed the repetition, serial imagery and subject matter of the mass media to subvert the familiar and expected and to deconstruct the media’s emergent power in contemporary life. His embrace of everyday materials and imagery was in reaction to the aesthetics of abstraction that had dominated American art during the 1950s, and was both a product and critique of the explosion in the circulation of images that characterized the postwar period. From billboard-sized prints to intimate drawings and large-scale fabric constructions, Robert Rauschenberg 1965–1980 provides a glimpse into the subject matter and material processes that occupied this modern master during a critical moment in his career.

This exhibition is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Stephanie Rebick, Associate Curator

Robert Rauschenberg
Autobiography, 1978
offset lithograph on paper
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Young, © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation