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 Exhibitions

Onsite/Offsite: Tsang Kin-Wah

Offsite: May 4 to October 15, 2017
Onsite: September 8, 2017 to March 4, 2018

Tsang Kin-Wah
Onsite, 2017
Site-specific installation at Vancouver Art Gallery
Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Tsang Kin-Wah
EITHER / OR, 2017 (detail)
site-specific installation at Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite
Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Tsang Kin-Wah
EITHER / OR, 2017 (detail)
digital rendering for site-specific installation at Offsite
Courtesy of the Artist

Tsang Kin-Wah
EITHER / OR, 2017 (detail)
site-specific installation at Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite
Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Hong Kong artist Tsang Kin-Wah critically addresses some of the complexities surrounding migration, cultural identity and racism in these site-specific works. Spread over two locations, the Vancouver Art Gallery’s public art space, Offsite and the Gallery’s Howe Street Façade, each work presents a large-scale composition using English texts to form floral and animal patterns. Deceitfully decorative, the content draws from discriminatory language that appeared in newspapers and political campaigns in Vancouver during the 1887 anti-Chinese riots, the mid-1980s immigration from Hong Kong and most recently, the heated exchanges around the foreign buyers and the local housing market.

Tsang’s work combines foul language with beautiful patterns to confront the reality of ignorance that often exists within cities that boast of their multiculturalism and diversity. On Howe Street, Tsang covers the building with text spiraling up the façade like vines, composed of Vancouver newspaper editorial columns from the 1980s. At Offsite, Tsang continues to use adverse rhetoric but contrasts it with voices of inclusion to compose floral patterns that unravel to form the body of a dragon.

Born in Shantou, China in 1976, Tsang moved to Hong Kong as a young child. He graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a MA in Book Arts from the Camberwell College of Arts at the London Institute, England. His immersive vinyl text installations have covered the walls and floors of galleries and museums around the world. Tsang has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. This is his first exhibition in Canada.

Onsite/Offsite: Tsang Kin-Wah are organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Diana Freundl, Associate Curator, Asian Art.

Tsang Kin-Wah is the 15th 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.


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

With appreciation to members of the IAA Development Committee

Onsite: Tsang Kin-Wah is generously supported by the City of Vancouver’s Public
Art Program.

City of Vancouver
OFFSITE: Tsang Kin-Wah 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.