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

From the Collection


October 29, 2016 to January 22, 2017

Mark Ruwedel
Crossing #14, 2005
ink jet print
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Corrine Corry

John Coplans
Self Portrait (Front of Hand II), 1987
silver gelatin print
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Dr. Paul Marks, Toronto, Canada

Taking Walker Evans’ well known exhortation to “Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something” as a starting point, this exhibition will feature photographic works that evoke a fixed and concentrated gaze on the part of artist and viewer. Drawn from the gallery’s permanent collection, the exhibition will feature work by artists such as Roy Arden, Bernd and Hilla Becher, John Coplans, Barbara Probst and Mark Ruwedel among others.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art.