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


Elizabeth Zvonar

Elizabeth Zvonar

November 5, 2015 to May 1, 2016

Vancouver artist Elizabeth Zvonar conjures romantic sentiment and melancholic undertones in The Experience, a bleached-out collage that boldly positions itself in downtown Vancouver during the dreary winter months. Read more.

Generously Supported by
Terrence and Lisa Turner

Visionary Partner for Offsite:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation
Christos Dikeakos

NEXT: Christos Dikeakos

September 26, 2015 to January 31, 2016

Vancouver-based artist Christos Dikeakos considers the economic and cultural values involved in transactions of Northwest Coast art. Read more.

Generously supported by:
Christopher and Tara Poseley
Rick Erickson and Donna Partridge

Visionary Partner for BC Artist Exhibitions:
David Aisenstat
Gund Collection

The Gund Collection:
Contemporary and Historical Art from the Northwest Coast

September 26, 2015 to January 31, 2016

This exhibition features a collection of historical and contemporary First Nations artwork from the Northwest Coast, from the collection of George Gund III Find out more »

Conceptual Design

The Conceptual Design of the new Vancouver Art Gallery

September 30, 2015 to January 24, 2016

The conceptual design was conceived by Herzog & de Meuron, the design architects for the new Vancouver Art Gallery. They are internationally renowned for their innovative and elegant buildings and their contribution to the design of contemporary museums. Their focused attention to materials, surface, the existing landscape, cultural history and environmental conditions has defined a practice that is astonishingly subtle and complex. For the Vancouver Art Gallery project, Herzog & de Meuron are collaborating with Vancouver-based Perkins + Will who were selected by the Gallery in 2014 to serve as the local Architect of Record. Find out more »

The conceptual design model is available for public viewing FREE OF CHARGE!

Embracing Canada

Embracing Canada:
Landscapes from Krieghoff to the Group of Seven

October 30, 2015 to January 24, 2016

Featuring major works by figures such as Cornelius Krieghoff, Tom Thomson, members of the Group of Seven, Emily Carr and David Milne, this exhibition surveys the history of artistic engagement with the Canadian landscape from the mid-19th to mid-20th century. Find out more »

Education Support:

Supporting Sponsor:

Exclusive Paint Sponsor:
Sherwin Williams

Generously Supported by:
A Private Donor

Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family
Between Object and Action

Between Object and Action:
Transforming Media in the 1960s and 70s

October 30, 2015 to January 10, 2016

During the late 1960s and early 70s, Vancouver's art scene was electrified by a spirit of experimentation that challenged the traditional boundaries of painting, sculpture and other media. Find out more »

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

Lee Bul

October 30, 2015 to January 10, 2016

The Vancouver Art Gallery presents a survey exhibition of recent works by Korean artist Lee Bul, one of the most important artists of her generation. Early drawings and models are paired with ambitious sculptures revealing Bul's visually and conceptually compelling practice. Find out more »

IAA  LEE BUL 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.

Generously Supported by:
Lesley Stowe and Geoffrey Scott,
Joy Chao and John Henshaw, Bruce Munro Wright

Lee Bul is presented as part of the Gallery's
Institute of Asian Art initiative

Founding Corporate Visionary Partner
for the Institute of Asian Art

Exclusive Hotel Partner:

Airline Partner:
Korean Air

Generously Supported by:
Angell Yin and Family, Bao Liu and Family, Amelia Gao
Robin Xiaobin Li and Family, Don and Barbara Stuart

Jerry Pethick

Jerry Pethick:
Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie

October 24, 2015 to January 10, 2016

The multifaceted art of Jerry Pethick (1935-2003) is difficult to categorize. Pethick's practice addressed questions of perception that have played a central role in the visual arts over the past four decades; however, his amalgamations of found objects, drawings, photography and optical devices that create new experiences of space are a unique achievement that resembles no other artist's work. This exhibition is the first comprehensive overview of Pethick's extraordinary activity as an innovative and influential artist. Find out more »

Generously Supported by:
Rojeanne and Jim Allworth
Jane Irwin and Ross Hill

Visionary Partner for BC Artist Exhibitions::
David Aisenstat

Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family
Reena Saini Kallat

Reena Saini Kallat

May 14 to October 12, 2015

Mumbai-based artist Reena Saini Kallat recreates migration routes across the world through a symbolic web of human and cultural movement and exchange. Read more.

Visionary Partner for Offsite:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation

Of Heaven and Earth

Of Heaven and Earth:
500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums

June 12 to October 4, 2015

With works by some of the greatest names in European art, Of Heaven and Earth examines the thematic and stylistic developments in Italian art–from the religious paintings of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to the secular neoclassical and genre paintings of the 19th century. The remarkable breadth of the exhibition showcases the outstanding quality of works by figures such as Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Domenichino, Francesco Guardi and Titian alongside other lesser-known masters Read more.

Presenting Sponsor:
The Keg
Organized by the
American Federation of Arts
and Glasgow Museums
Glasgow Museums     AFA
This exhibition is supported by the JFM Foundation and Mrs. Donald M. Cox.
In-kind support is provided by Barbara
and Richard S. Lane and Christie's.
Supported by the Government of Canada /
Avec l'appui du gouvernement du Canada
Additional funding for the exhibition tour to the Vancouver Art Gallery is provided by d'Amico Società di Navigazione, with the assistance of the Consulate General of Italy.
Italian Consulate

The Persistence of the Real

June 12 to September 27, 2015

This exhibition presents recent work by contemporary artists–including Stan Douglas, Babak Golkar and Amie Siegel, among others–who engage with current debates on the real and its representation. Read more.

Generously Supported by:
Lisa and Terrence Turner
Bruce M. Wright
Additional Support:

Visionary Partner for Scholarship
and Publications:
The Richardson Family
Material Future

Material Future:
The Architecture of Herzog & de Meuron
and the Vancouver Art Gallery

March 27 to October 4, 2015

The architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron is internationally renowned for its contribution to contemporary architecture. Their attention to materials, surface, site and context has defined a practice that is astonishingly subtle and complex. Read more.

Herzog & de Meuron were appointed to design the future Vancouver Art Gallery building in collaboration with the Vancouver firm Perkins+Will as the local executive architects.

Sponsored by:
DHX Media

Inform Interiors
Generously supported by:
Joan Anderson
Sherry Killam

Vanguard Security Services Ltd.

Geoffrey Farmer

How Do I Fit This Ghost in My Mouth?
An exhibition by Geoffrey Farmer

May 30 to September 7, 2015

A remembering, a foreground and a dancing text. A nose, a staging, a clock and a laughing palm. You will tower up like a giant and then shrink back to your original size. You will see days change colour and two million years will fit into your pocket. A survey exhibition by Vancouver artist Geoffrey Farmer. Read more.

Presenting Sponsor:
Rogers Canada
Generously Supported by:
Rick Erickson and Donna Partridge, The Joffe Family
Jake and Judy Kerr, and Friedel Maché
Visionary Partner for BC Artist Exhibitions:
David Aisenstat
Publication Support: RBC

Nancy McCain and Bill Morneau
Furthermore, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund
The publication program is funded by the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Endowment for Publications at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family


Beyond the Trees:
Wallpapers in Dialogue with Emily Carr

April 25 to September 7, 2015

Beyond the Trees considers mediated representations of nature and the shift of perspective that occurs between our physical and virtual experiences. Wallpapers, a collective comprised of artists Sara Ludy, Nicolas Sassoon and Sylvain Sailly uses technology to produce an immersive environment that both mimics and experiments with the scales and forms found in nature. Read more.

Presented in partnership with ISEA2015, the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art.
Andrew Dadson

Andrew Dadson: Over the Sun

February 14 to May 24, 2015

Vancouver-based artist Andrew Dadson has consistently engaged with the notion of boundaries in relation to space and time in his painting, performance, photography and works on paper. Read more.

Generously Supported by:
Phil Lind
The Poetics of Space

From the Collection
The Poetics of Space

January 31 to May 24, 2015

The Poetics of Space features both historical and contemporary works that investigate the idea of space, whether they are conceptually, analytically or emotionally founded. This exhibition takes its title from Gaston Bachelard's 1958 book of the same name that presents a psychic interpretation of "home," and one's prototypical experiences of personal space; in the book Bachelard discusses the way our perceptions of shelter begin to delineate the very essence of how we think and imagine. Read more.

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

Cezanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection

Cézanne and the Modern:
Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection

February 14 to May 18, 2015

Henry and Rose Pearlman built an exceptional collection of modernist works, the jewel of which is an astonishing group of twenty-four works by Paul Cézanne. This exhibition marks the first time in over fifty years that the collection has travelled and the Vancouver Art Gallery showing will be the only one in Canada. Read more.

Co-Presenting Sponsors:
Larry and Maureen Lunn
Supporting Sponsor:

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

From the Collection
Clair de Lune: 19th and Early 20th Century French Paintings

February 14 to May 18, 2015

This exhibition of works from the collection is designed to complement the works in Cézanne and the Modern. Beginning with an early work by Eugène Boudin, one of Claude Monet's teachers, Clair de Lune examines the currents of Impressionism represented within the permanent collection. Read more.

Visionary Partner:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation