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

Fifth Night

May 12 to September 3, 2012

Yang Fudong
Fifth Night, 2010 [video still]
7 channel video installation
Courtesy of Yang Fudong, ShanghART Gallery and Marian Goodman Gallery
Fifth Night is a recent multi-channel video installation by Chinese artist Yang Fudong. One of the most important and influential artists to emerge in China since the late 1990s, Yang Fudong produces sophisticated film and video installations that engage the cinematic traditions of both Hollywood and experimental film while referencing the changing cultural conditions of contemporary China.

In Fifth Night, the artist captured a single scene from seven different vantage points; he then pieced this footage together to compose a fractured whole that plays out across seven screens. The result is a poetic, layered and disjunctive narrative that poses a sense of dislocation that is reflective of the new China, a position that hovers between traditional ideologies/values, and recent modernization. This will be the first presentation of this critically-acclaimed work in Canada.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, chief curator/ associate director. In conjunction with Yellow Signal Vancouver, a metro Vancouverwide presentation of new media works by contemporary Chinese artists, initiated by Centre A.

Yang Fudong: Fifth Night is the thirteenth installment in NEXT: A Series of Artist Projects from the Pacific Rim, presented by TD Bank Group.