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


Marina Roy

Marina Roy: Your Kingdom to Command

June 2 to October 10, 2016

Marina Roy uses both natural and processed materials to create a 25 meter mural and tree fountain that stands out in contrast to the glass and concrete office towers in downtown Vancouver. Find out more »

Bharti Kher


July 9 to October 10, 2016

BHARTI KHER Matter is the artist’s first major North American survey. It features the diversity of Bharti Kher’s practice, incorporating elements of painting, photography and sculpture that have been the hallmarks of her international career over the past two decades. Kher’s artworks are varied in material, sensibility and subject matter, yet are bound together by her penetrating explorations into the meaning of human relationships, spirituality, the animal world and the role of the femininity in today’s society. Her work leaves us to ponder what it means to be human today.Find out more »


BHARTI KHER Matter is part of the Vancouver Art Gallery's Institute of Asian Art's exhibition programing which features historical, contemporary and emerging international and local Asian artists
Exhibition Support:
Hari Sharma Foundation
Generously Supported by:
Lesley Stowe and Geoffrey Scott

Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family

Community Engagement Support:
Indian Summer Festival

The Gallery recognizes Saat Saath Arts Foundation for research support and the Indian Summer Festival
for community engagement.

Bharti Kher is presented as part of the Gallery’s Institute of Asian Art initiative

Founding Corporate Visionary Partner
for the Institute of Asian Art

Picasso: The Artist and His Muses

June 11 to October 2, 2016

Known for his enormous contribution to the canon of great art in the 20th century, Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (1881—1973) is one of the masters of Modernism. Examining the significance of the six women who were inspirational to his artistic development, Picasso: The Artist and His Muses is the most significant exhibition of Picasso’s work ever presented in Vancouver. Find out more »
Art Centre Basel
An exhibition created by Art Centre Basel, curated by Katharina Beisiegel and produced in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery

Presenting Sponsor:
The Keg
Major Sponsor:
Supporting Sponsor:

Generously Supported by:
Joan Anderson
Jake and Judy Kerr

Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family
Supported by the Government of Canada /
Avec l'appui du gouvernement du Canada
Barbara Kruger

Barbara Kruger
Untitled (SmashUp)

Through September 5, 2016

Kruger is considered a member of the Pictures Generation of artists, who throughout the 1980s recycled, mimicked and appropriated imagery from mass media and other everyday sources. This artwork was commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery as part of the exhibition MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, that was on display from February 20 to June 12, 2016. Find out more »




The Birth of Modern Culture

February 20 to May 15, 2016 | 1st & 2nd Floors
February 20 to June 12, 2016 | 3rd & 4th Floors

From the moment that Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque undertook the revolutionary gesture of adding a rectangle of floral wallpaper, a newspaper headline or a scrap of sheet music to their compositions, they initiated an immediate and fundamental shift in European art. Find out more »

Presenting Sponsor:
The Keg
Generously Supported by:
Artworkers Retirement Society
Joy Chao and John Henshaw
Sherry Killam

Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications::
The Richardson Family