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


Georges Braque / Joseph Cornell / Marcel Duchamp / Brian Eno / Juan Gris / John Heartfield / Hannah Höch / Ken Jacobs / El Lissitzky / William Notman / Francis Picabia / Pablo Picasso / Dr. Franz Roh / Luigi Russolo / Kurt Schwitters / Jan Tschichold / Hans Wegner

Although mashup strategies now permeate nearly every creative discipline, this approach to cultural production is barely a century old. Catalyzed by the growth of mechanical reproduction technologies—such as steel engraving, offset lithography and photography—the early 20th century saw a fundamental shift in the public perception and circulation of images. Victorian photocollage and fantasy photomontage postcards were early popular expressions of this methodology that would later transform the conventional fine arts. During a period of intense experimentation between 1912 and 1914, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque invented collage and rudimentary assemblage practices. By introducing found materials into drawings and paper constructions, they established an entirely new mode of representation. Although Picasso and Braque set aside these practices shortly thereafter, this brief mode of investigation—along with an expanding public archive of images—would strongly influence several key avant-garde movements. From Dada and Surrealist photomontage by Hannah Höch and John Heartfield to Joseph Cornell’s extension of collage to film, Luigi Russolo’s explorations of noise to Marcel Duchamp’s readymades, this period was characterized by a radical experimentation that rejected accepted forms of representation. Artists broke down barriers between disciplines, redefining what constituted “fine” art and embarking on collaborations that addressed the emergence of mass production and the changing nature of creativity in modern life. The recontextualization of the everyday manifested in the use of found objects, images, sounds and words would prove to be one of the principal themes of artistic practice over the ensuing century.

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

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The Keg
Generously Supported by:
Artworkers Retirement Society
Joy Chao and John Henshaw
Sherry Killam
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The Richardson Family