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

Takashi Muramaki

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

February 3 to May 6, 2018

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg is a major retrospective exhibition of the monumental paintings of international art icon Takashi Murakami.

From his early works to new, never-before-seen paintings and selected sculptures from different periods, the more than fifty works in this exhibition reflect Murakami’s exquisite level of craft, his insightful engagement with history and the consistent, universal themes that have guided his practice over the past three decades. Read more.


Major Sponsors:
Brian and Andrea Hill

Supporting Sponsor:
Coromandel Properties

Additional Support:
Chan Family Foundation

Generous support for Murakami’s Georgia Street Façade project:
Artworkers Retirement Society

Funding toward shipping costs for Chakras Open and I Drown Under the
Waterfall of Life
, installed in the Gallery’s Rotunda, is generously provided by:
Japan Foundation
BOMBHEAD

BOMBHEAD

March 3 to June 17, 2018

BOMBHEAD is a thematic exhibition organized by guest curator John O’Brian that explores the emergence and impact of the nuclear age as represented by artists and their art. Strongly associated with obliteration and destruction, nuclear technologies have had a profound cultural and ecological impact since their development in the mid-20th century. Read more.

Living, Building, Thinking

Living, Building, Thinking: art & expressionism

March 3 to May 21, 2018

Living, Building, Thinking: art & expressionism uses the German Expressionist collection from the McMaster Museum of Art to explore the development of Expressionism in art from the early 19th century to the present day. Read more.


Visionary Partners for Historical Exhibitions:
Huaijun Chen and Family

Government of Canada
This project is supported by the Museums Assistance Program at Canadian Heritage/Ce projet est appuyé dans le cadre du Programme d’aide aux musées de Patrimoine canadien
A Cultivating Journey: The Herman Levy Legacy

A Cultivating Journey: The Herman Levy Legacy

March 3 to May 21, 2018

Representing one of the most important donations ever made to a university gallery in Canada, A Cultivating Journey presents five centuries of magnificent art from the McMaster Museum of Art’s Levy Collection and Bequest from Herman Herzog Levy. Read more.


Visionary Partners for Historical Exhibitions:
Huaijun Chen and Family

Government of Canada
This project is supported by the Museums Assistance Program at Canadian Heritage/Ce projet est appuyé dans le cadre du Programme d’aide aux musées de Patrimoine canadien