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

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

June 9 to September 30, 2018

Cabin Fever offers a historical and cultural survey of the cabin in North America—from the settlement of the frontier to the contemporary depictions feverishly circulated across the Internet. Featuring architectural models, drawings and full-scale interventions, as well as art, literature, photography and film, Cabin Fever will reveal how this architectural form has helped to shape a larger cultural identity. Read more.


David Milne: Modern Painting

David Milne: Modern Painting

June 16 to September 9, 2018

David Milne: Modern Painting documents an artistic career that spanned the first half of the 20th century, bringing together more than eighty works in oil and watercolour, never-before-exhibited photographs and drawings, and memorabilia collected by Milne during his time in Europe as an official war artist. The exhibition follows Milne’s artistic development from the bustling sidewalks of New York to the war-torn landscapes of northern France and finally to the woods, fields and skies of the northeastern United States and Canada. Read more.


Site Unseen

Site Unseen

June 16 to September 9, 2018

Artists in Site Unseen may begin with a documentary impulse to record the landscape; however their diverse production strategies ultimately create uncanny results. This exhibition reveals artists’ fascination with the camera’s ability to describe the world, while recognizing the play between reality and artifice that inevitably shapes every such account, ultimately questioning the idea of a photograph as a factual record. Read more.


Ayumi Goto & Peter Morin: how do you carry the land?

Ayumi Goto & Peter Morin: how do you carry the land?

July 14 to October 28, 2018

Ayumi Goto & Peter Morin: how do you carry the land? is an exhibition of the artists’ performance artworks and ongoing collaborations. Their work begins by thinking through their respective positions as a Japanese Canadian woman and Tahltan First Nations man, asking how cultural knowledge and history inform our experience of place and challenging us to seek new formations. Read more.


Kevin Schmidt

Kevin Schmidt

July 14 to October 28, 2018

The exhibition features recent sculpture and video installations by Kevin Schmidt, a British Columbia–based artist whose multidisciplinary practice draws upon aspects of Conceptual Art and performance art while embodying the do-it-yourself (DIY) sensibilities of an amateur inventor. Read more.