Current Exhibitions

2014

Robert Youds

Offsite: Robert Youds

October 23, 2014 to April 19, 2015

Victoria-based artist Robert Youds' light installation, For Everyone a Sunset, draws upon the architectural vernacular of downtown Vancouver. Read more.


Visionary Partner for Offsite:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation


Landon Mackenzie

Emily Carr and Landon Mackenzie:
Wood Chopper and the Monkey

September 20, 2014 to April 6, 2015

Over the past three decades, Vancouver-based painter Landon Mackenzie has produced an impressive body of large-scale painting that addresses mechanisms of perception and the way we situate ourselves in the world. Read more.


Generously Supported by:
Terrence and
Lisa Turner
Visionary Partner for BC Artist Exhibitions:
David Aisenstat
Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family
Unscrolled

Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Art

November 15, 2014 to April 6, 2015

This exhibition presents a diverse selection of Chinese contemporary artists whose practices are informed by their cultural heritage. Read more.

Presenting Sponsor:
bmo

Generously Supported by:
Lesley Stowe and Geoffrey Scott
Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family
Airline Partner:
Cathay Pacific Airlines
Hotel Partner:
Shangri-La


Forbidden City

The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors

October 18, 2014 to January 11, 2015

The Vancouver Art Gallery will be transformed into the Court of China's Emperors for the landmark exhibition The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors. From October 18, 2014 to January 11, 2015, nearly 200 treasured objects from the collections of Beijing's Palace Museum will come under the spotlight at the Gallery. This exhibition will mark another important milestone in the Vancouver Art Gallery's ongoing commitment to represent the historical and contemporary art of China and the Asia Pacific region. Read more.

Presenting Corporate Sponsor:
CNOOC
Presenting Foundation Sponsor:
Ho Foundation

ROM


The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors
is organized by the Palace Museum, Beijing, China and the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

ROM


Supported by the Government of Canada /
Avec l'appui du gouvernement du Canada

Hotel Partner:
Shangri-La


Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family
Jock Macdonald

Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form

Opening October 18, 2014 to January 4, 2015

Jock Macdonald was a pioneer of postwar abstraction in Canada and has been called one of the "greatest teachers of the century." Read more.

Presenting Sponsor:
Generously Supported by:
Barry and Drinda Scott

Visionary Partner for Publications:
The Richardson Family


This exhibition is generously supported by the Government of Canada through the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Painted Past

Painted Past: A History of Canadian Painting from the Collection

June 28 to October 19, 2014

The Vancouver art gallery has the most important collection of Canadian art in British Columbia. Featuring works from the Gallery's permanent collection, Painted Past traces the history of painting in both Canada and the province. The exhibition includes works by such artists as B.C. Binning, Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, Frederick Varley and David Milne, as well as contemporary figures such as Attila Richard Lukacs, Etienne Zack and Joanne Tod. Read more.

Generously Supported by:
Marietta E. Hurst, Martin and Sally Parker


Visionary Partner for Permanent Collection Exhibitions:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation


Additional Support:
Belfor

On Stage: Recent Acquisitions

On Stage: Recent Acquisitions

June 28 to October 19, 2014

This exhibition comprises recent acquisitions to the Vancouver Art Gallery's permanent collection. Featured works present the figure as an actor staged within a landscape steeped in cultural significance. Ranging from historic to contemporary, On Stage includes work by Kati Cambell, Angela Grossman, Ken Lum, Michael Morris, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun and many others. Read more.

Visionary Partner:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation


Gumhead

Douglas Coupland
Gumhead
TD NEXT

May 31 to October 7, 2014

In conjunction with Douglas Coupland's solo exhibition, the Vancouver Art Gallery has commissioned a site-specific public sculpture located on the grassy mound on the Howe Street side of the Gallery. Gumhead is a seven-foot tall self-portrait that the artist has described as "a gum-based, crowd-sourced, publicly interactive, social-sculpture self-portrait." Read more

Babak Golkar

Offsite
Babak Golkar

April 25 to September 28, 2014

Vancouver-Based artIst Babak Golkar will present several large terracotta pots at Offsite. Each vessel is uniquely designed to contain a scream, providing a unique location for viewers to release excess feelings encountered in the everyday. Both clever and playful, Golkar's installation takes a critical look at the effects of increased expectations and anxiety in contemporary society. Read more.

Visionary Partner:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation


Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller

Lost in the Memory Palace: Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller

June 21 to September 21, 2014

Lost in the Memory Palace, a selected survey, takes as its focus Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller's work from the mid-1990s to today. Presenting key early installations such as The Dark Pool (1995) and The Muriel Lake Incident (1999) and recent works including The Killing Machine (2007) and Experiment in F# Minor (2013), the exhibition offers an opportunity to consider the important role of the room in their art. For Cardiff and Miller the room offers shelter from a stormy world. It is a place to withdraw and to convalesce; it is a site of mystery and danger, and in some instances, of death. Read more.

Visionary Partner for BC Artists:
David Aisenstat
Visionary Partner for Publications:
The Richardson Family

Generously Supported by:
Rick Erickson and Donna Partridge, Joan Anderson,
Sherry Killam, and Bruce Munro Wright



Exhibition publication generously supported by:
BC Arts Council

Out of Sight

Out of Sight
New Acquisitions

March 29 to September 1, 2014

Out of Sight: New Acquisitions features works that have been added, through donation or purchase, to the Gallery's collection over the past three years, many of which will be on view for the first time. The exhibition is centred on the recent donation of 80 photographs by Harold Edgerton, who is credited with inventing ultra high-speed stroboscopic photography to capture events that occur too quickly to be viewed by the human eye. Taking Edgerton's remapping of the possibilities of space and time as a thematic starting point, New Acquisitions explores artists' engagement with ideas around perception and representation, challenging viewers to reconsider what it is we see in our everyday encounters.

Visionary Partner:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation


Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything

Douglas Coupland:
everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything

May 31 to September 1, 2014

Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything is the first major survey exhibition of the artist's work and will be presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery from May 31-September 1, 2014. Douglas Coupland is an artist based in West Vancouver whose remarkably prolific production across a diverse range of media over the past 12 years addresses the singularity of Canadian culture, the ubiquity and power of language, as well as the ever-pervasive presence of technology in everyday life. Read more

Visit the exhibition website to learn more.

Presenting Sponsor:
Supporting Sponsors:  
Keg TD Metro News Starbucks

Generous support from:
Vancouver Foundation The Artworkers Retirement Society Gary R. Bell

Visionary Partner for Publications:
The Richardson Family
Myfanywy MacLeod

Myfanwy MacLeod, Or There and Back Again

March 8 to June 8, 2014

This exhibition presents a new body of sculpture by the Vancouver-based artist Myfanwy MacLeod. Drawing upon motifs associated with the sexually charged music of Led Zeppelin and the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien, the exhibition examines the conventions of the heroic quest as a male fantasy.

Visionary Partner:
David Aisenstat
Generously Supported by:
Douglas E. Bolton
Publication Support:


Jane Irwin and Ross Hill

Edward Burtynsky

Artist's Choice
Cock and Bull

March 8 to June 8, 2014

Presented in conjunction with Myfanwy MacLeod, or There and Back Again, this exhibition features work from the Gallery's permanent collection selected by Myfanwy MacLeod and Grant Arnold following the model of "cock and bull story,"...Read more.

Visionary Partner:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation


Edward Burtynsky

A Terrible Beauty
Edward Burtynsky

March 1 to May 26, 2014

This exhibition presents work by Toronto-based photographer Edward Burtynsky, who is internationally renowned for his captivating images of natural and man-made landscapes that reflect both the impressive reach of human enterprise and the extraordinary impact of our hubris.

Presenting Sponsor:


Emily Carr: Scorned

Scorned: Emily Carr

March 1 to May 26, 2014

Scorned: Emily Carr engages in dialogue with the concurrent exhibition A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky, presenting works that demonstrate Carr's interest in the denatured landscape–an occasional, but notable, subject of her work. Read more.


Visionary Partner:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation


Lawren Harris

Lawren Harris
Canadian Visionary

March 1 to May 4, 2014

This career survey of Lawren Stewart Harris, founding member of the Group of Seven, traces Harris' artistic evolution from the early years of the twentieth century to the mid-1960s, illustrating his move from representational art to abstraction.

Generously Supported by:
Stephanie A. Carlson