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.

Current Exhibition

Offsite: Shigeru Ban

May 11 to October 8, 2018

Shigeru Ban
Paper Log House–Turkey, 2000
Photo: Shigeru Ban Architects

In 1995 a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the coast of Japan with its epicentre at the major port city of Kobe. More than 6,000 people were killed and 200,000 made homeless. A young Tokyo-based architect—Shigeru Ban—known for his innovative work utilizing paper and cardboard tubing as a building material, was invited to respond to the urgent need for temporary relief shelter. His interest in paper, with its low cost, easy accessibility and simple application, provided him with readymade materials to design and build a sturdy, economical and ecologically sustainable home for thousands who were displaced in the disaster. This simple building has become the prototype for similar disaster relief structures built around the world for the past twenty years.

Offsite: Shigeru Ban is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery's Institute of Asian Art and curated by Bruce Grenville, Senior Curator

Shigeru Ban is the 17th installation in the Gallery’s Offsite series. Offsite is located at 1100 West Georgia Street between Thurlow and Bute Streets, west of the Shangri-La Hotel.

Exhibition Supporting Sponsor:



A program of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s
Institute of Asian Art.

Founding Corporate Visionary Partner
for the Institute of Asian Art:



Visionary Partners:
Liu Bao, Wang Ying and Liu Manzhao

Additional support from the IAA Development Committee:
Angela Bi, Gary Chen, Mei Deng, Amelia Gao, Shawn He,
Liu Junjun, Yin Qing , Fiona Yang, Vivian Zhang, Cathy Zuo

City of Vancouver
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.