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.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

February 3 to May 6, 2018

Takashi Murakami
Klein’s Pot A, 1994–97
acrylic on canvas mounted on board in plexiglass box
Colección Pérez Simón, Mexico
© 1994–97 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., All Rights Reserved, Photo: Yoshitaka Uchida

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg is a major retrospective exhibition of the monumental paintings of international art icon Takashi Murakami.

From his early works to new, never-before-seen paintings and selected sculptures from different periods, the more than fifty works in this exhibition reflect Murakami’s exquisite level of craft, his insightful engagement with history and the consistent, universal themes that have guided his practice over the past three decades.

Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and curated by Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator.

Major Sponsors:
Brian and Andrea Hill

Supporting Sponsor:
Coromandel Properties



FEB 02
FRI 5:30pm
Commodore Ballrooom
868 Granville St, Vancouver, BC

Murakami's Birthday Bash
Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

We invite you to join us to celebrate the opening of the highly anticipated exhibition, Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, and the artist behind it with a spectacular birthday bash!

The evening will start at the Vancouver Art Gallery with an exclusive preview of the exhibition, followed by a seated dinner at the Commodore Ballroom with an after-party headlined by a leading musical artist. Find out more»