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 June 12, 2016


9999 / George Barber / Dara Birnbaum / Bironic / Adrian Boot / Trisha Brown / John Cage / Achille Castiglioni / Pier Giacomo Castiglioni / Merce Cunningham / Guy Debord / Betty Ferguson / Kandy Fong / Frank Gehry / Jean-Luc Godard / Richard Hamilton / Here’s Luck / Nam June Paik / Diggory Kenrick / King Tubby / Lim / Arthur Lipsett / Lloyd and Kerry / Barbro Schultz Lundestam / Jeremy Marre / Obsessive 24 / Lee “Scratch” Perry / Robert Rauschenberg / Roy Richards / Pierre Schaeffer / Wayne Smith / Shadow Songs / Superstudio / Jean Tinguely / UFO / The Upsetters / Jacques Villeglé / Andy Warhol / Joyce Wieland / Jud Yalkut

In the years following the Second World War, an explosion of mass-produced consumer goods, dynamic marketing and the pervasive broadcasts of radio and television produced a second wave of mashup culture that amplified and escalated its growth globally and across media. Mashup methodology—inspired by pre-war collage, montage, assemblage and the readymade—spread rapidly to diverse fields of cultural production, initiating new modes of music, architecture, art, design, film and literature. Artists such as Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg not only pilfered advertising and popular culture for their imagery but also replicated the production processes of contemporary manufacturing. The use of found film footage and montage also proliferated in this period, as artists such as such as Guy Debord, Dara Birnbaum and Nam June Paik reconfigured images of mass media to produce a dynamic critique of modern culture. In music, artists such as Pierre Schaeffer and John Cage extended the principle of the readymade to their compositions, while advances in multi-track technology spawned dub, a fledgling remix style that continues to have a profound influence on international music production. With their embrace of consumer goods, advertising and mass media imagery, post-war artists radically transformed both the premise and practice of art making, increasingly blurring the line between art and life. By absorbing aspects of commodity culture into their practices, these artists created works that were both products and critiques of the post-industrial society from which they emerged.

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