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

Larwill Park Site Inaugural Project

The Vancouver Art Gallery has launched an ongoing series of public art projects that will take place at the Larwill Park site--the future location of the new Vancouver Art Gallery. The location holds a unique place in the history of Vancouver—as a parade ground, fairground and sports field, a space for celebration and for protest, and more recently, as a bus depot and parking lot.

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun

September 22, 2016 to September 25, 2017

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun
Ovoidism, 2016
laminated plywood, latex paint
site-specific installation at the Larwill Park Site
Photo: Blaine Campbell

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun is a renowned Vancouver-based artist of Coast Salish and Okanagan descent who has produced a public art installation on the future site of the Vancouver Art Gallery where a group of brilliantly coloured ovoid sculptures mark the location.

The ovoid is a rounded oval-rectangular shape that is a key design element unique to Northwest Coast art. This shape is an essential building block from which movements flow or design patterns emanate to form a figure. In traditional Northwest Coast design, ovoids often represent joints (shoulder, hip, wing, pectoral fin), as well as eye sockets and teeth. Traditionally, the ovoid is never depicted as an entity unto itself, but rather an element of a larger design or figure.

Yuxweluptun's use of the ovoid, rather than following traditional iconography, extricates the form in order to speak to land claims, the history of colonization, Aboriginal rights and self-government, environmentalism and Native philosophy. In this context Yuxweluptun’s ovoids speak to the past and the present uses of the Larwill Park site, marking that place with a watchful eye, and reminding us as we pass by and through the site that we live, work and interact on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish people.

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun’s Ovoidism, is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and produced by Other Sights for Artists’ Projects.

Other Sights Artists' Projects

September 2015 to August 2016

Larwill Park Site Inaugural Project, 2015
Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Larwill Park Site Inaugural Project, 2016
Photo: Maegan Hill-Carroll, Vancouver Art Gallery

Commissioned by the Gallery and conceived and produced by Other Sights’ for Artists Projects, the inaugural installation speaks to the history of Larwill Park with nine over-sized cutout images extracted from local documentary photographs. These images are the starting point for a new and spectacular vision of the site as a space for the contemporary imagination, one where history is open to dialogue and reinterpretation. Each image is printed in distinct Pantone colours, with each colour echoed on its flip side, effectively creating a series of free-standing monochromatic art-works.

The Larwill Park Site Inaugural Project is commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery, and is conceived and produced by Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, Vancouver.