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

Gordon Smith

Gordon Smith: The Black Paintings

October 21, 2017 to February 4, 2018

Beginning in 1990, Gordon Smith began to produce a body of work that has been characterized as dark or black paintings. These highly accomplished and subtle abstractions, often with collaged elements, sometimes refer explicitly to his war time experience. Complex and layered, the works reveal his ongoing interest in how paint looks and feels and how gesture reverberates when expressed in paint.

Visionary Partner for BC Artist Exhibitions:
David Aisenstat

Generously supported by:
Eric Savics
Lesley Stowe and Geoffrey Scott

True Nordic

True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada
Nordique: L’Influence du design scandinave au Canada

October 28, 2017 to January 28, 2018

This groundbreaking exhibition examines the significant influence of Scandinavian craft and industrial design on the development of Canadian culture. Spanning more than seven decades, True Nordic reveals how Scandinavian design was introduced in Canada and how its aesthetics and material forms were adopted and transformed.

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

Portrait of the Artist

Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection

October 28, 2017 to February 4, 2018

This exhibition brings together the Royal Collection’s paintings depicting self- portraits, portraits of artists and artists at work. Encompassing over 80 works, the exhibition is a rich survey of how artists have seen themselves and the role of the artist within society.

Portrait of the Artist

Visionary Partner for Historical Exhibitions:
Huaijun Chen and Family

Carol Sawyer

Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive

October 28, 2017 to February 4, 2018

Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive presents Sawyer’s ongoing project that reconstructs the life and work of the genre-defying, fictional singer and artist Natalie Brettschneider. The works on view will connect Brettschneider to a community of mid-twentieth century artists and musicians in British Columbia.

Visionary Partner for BC Artist Exhibitions:
David Aisenstat

Visionary Partner for Photography Exhibitions:
Miles, Maureen and Larry Lunn

Asim Waqif

Offsite: Asim Waqif

November 10, 2017 to April 15, 2018

New Delhi-based artist Asim Waqif will repurpose waste generated by demolition sites in Vancouver’s urban areas, employing materials from abandoned and derelict buildings anticipated for development. Waqif’s site-specific installation combines architecture with a strong contextual reference to contemporary urban design and the politics of occupying, intervening and using public space. Read more.


A program of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s
Institute of Asian Art.
  Founding Corporate Visionary Partner for the Institute of Asian ArtTD
Visionary Partners:
Liu Bao, Wang Ying and Liu Manzhao

With appreciation to members of
the IAA Development Committee

Offsite is funded by the City of Vancouver through the Public Art Program. The Gallery recognizes Ian Gillespie, President, Westbank; Ben Yeung, President, Peterson Investment Group; and the residents of the Shangri-La for their support of this space.

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. Read more.