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

MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture

February 20 to May 15, 2016


Alvar Aalto / Cory Arcangel / John Ashbery / Dodie Bellamy / BIG / Valérie Blass / Chris Burke / William S. Burroughs / Alex Chan / ILL Clan / Danger Mouse / Simon Denny / Stan Douglas / T.S. Eliot / Geoffrey Farmer / Amber Frid-Jimenez / Ellen Gallagher / Isa Genzken / Girl Talk / Jacqueline Goss / H5 / Theresa Hak Kyung Cha / Rachel Harrison / April Hoffmann / The KLF / Barbara Kruger / Oliver Laric / Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid / MUJI / MVRDV / Negativland / Ken Okiishi / Elizabeth Price / Rooster Teeth Productions / DJ Shadow / Hito Steyerl / Palle Torsson / UJINO / Rosmarie Waldrop / Stanley Wong / Tobias Wong / Haegue Yang / Rachel Zolf / Kim Adams (ROBSON PLAZA: Robson & Howe Streets)

The development of digital technologies in the late 20th century and their ubiquitous public assimilation in the early 21st century has produced a condition similar to that witnessed at the genesis of photography. New technologies for the creation, circulation and consumption of visual culture have been quickly assimilated, and now, 15 years after the millennium, an entire generation has grown up with easy access to massive archives of images, sounds and documents and an even greater capacity to cut, copy and mix new art forms. Terms such as recombinance, postproduction, remix, hacking and supercut represent important new additions to this evolving vocabulary of mashup. From MVRDV’s innovative use of three-dimensional modelling in architectural design to DJ Spooky’s provocative remixes, digital technologies have catalyzed a distinct new era of experimentation. DIY and amateur culture have expanded the field of cultural production, launching a new class of cultural producers—including hackers, modders and pirates—who reconfigure and repurpose almost anything digital. While many artists, including Stan Douglas, MVRDV and Hito Steyerl, embrace the new potential found in digital technologies, this period is also characterized by a turn toward materiality with artists such as Ellen Gallagher, Isa Genzken and Stanley Wong redefining collage and sculptural assemblage for the 21st century. Artists working with mashup methodologies today explore the instability of images and the volatility of meaning in a climate where anything can be manipulated, revised, reconfigured and given new meaning and context.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director, Bruce Grenville, Senior Curator, and Stephanie Rebick, Assistant Curator, with the assistance of an international team of contributing curators.

Lectures | Talks | Events
Sat, Apr 2 | 3pm/3:30pm/4pm | Flash Talks
Tues, Apr 5, 12, 19 & 26 | 7pm & 8pm | Sound Performances
Fri, Apr 15 | 8pm-12am | FUSE*
Sat, Apr 16 | 3pm/3:30pm/4pm | Flash Talks
Sat, Apr 23 | 3pm | Artist's Talk
Wed, Apr 27 | 6pm | Talk*
Sat, May 14 | 3pm | Artist's Talk*
Wed, May 25 | 6:30pm & 8pm | Film Screening*
Thurs, May 26 | 6:30pm & 8pm | Film Screening*
Tues, May 31 | 7pm | Lecture

Thurs & Sat | 11am/12pm/1pm/2pm/2:30pm | Gallery Tours
Sun | 11am | Gallery Tours
Sat | 11am/12pm/1:30pm/2:30pm | Chinese Language Tours
Sun | 12pm-1pm | Chinese Language Tours

Presenting Sponsor:
The Keg
Generously Supported by:
Artworkers Retirement Society
Joy Chao and John Henshaw
Sherry Killam
Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family