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


Mowry Baden

Mowry Baden

March 9 - June 9, 2019

This exhibition comprises internationally acclaimed Victoria-based artist Mowry Baden’s work from the late 1960s to the present. Read more.

Aganetha Dyck


March 9 - June 9, 2019

This exhibition of contemporary works from the Gallery's collection features art that evokes displacement as a tool to elicit viewer reactions ranging from empathy and understanding, to the unexpected and disruptive. Read more.

Berthe Morisot

French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950

February 21 - May 20, 2019

French Moderns presents sixty paintings and sculptures from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned European permanent and long-term loan collections. Read more.

Emily Carr

Affinities: Canadian Artists and France

March 1 - May 20, 2019

Affinities looks at the significance that French art and culture has held for Canadian artists over the past 120 years. Read more.

Ian Thom

A Curator's View: Ian Thom Selects

September 22, 2018 - March 17, 2019

A Curator’s View: Ian Thom Selects unites historical and contemporary works as selected by Ian M. Thom, Senior Curator–Historical, from the permanent collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Read more.

Guo Pei

The Metamorphosis

November 24, 2018 - March 17, 2019

The Metamorphosis brings together contemporary art from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s permanent collection that addresses the notion of transformation. Read more.

Dana Claxton

Dana Claxton: Fringing the Cube

October 27, 2018 - February 3, 2019

The first exhibition to survey the formidable career of Vancouver-based Hunkpapa Lakota (Sioux) artist Dana Claxton. Read more.

Guo Pei

Guo Pei: Couture Beyond

October 13, 2018 - January 20, 2019

Guo Pei: Couture Beyond is the first Canadian exhibition devoted to the work of Guo Pei, China’s preeminent couturière. Read more.

Kevin Schmidt

Kevin Schmidt: We Are the Robots

July 14 to October 28, 2018

The exhibition features recent sculpture and video installations by Kevin Schmidt, a British Columbia–based artist whose multidisciplinary practice draws upon aspects of Conceptual Art and performance art while embodying the do-it-yourself (DIY) sensibilities of an amateur inventor. Read more.

Goto Morin

Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin: how do you carry the land?

July 14 to October 28, 2018

Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin: how do you carry the land? is an exhibition of the artists’ performance artworks and ongoing collaborations. Their work begins by thinking through their respective positions as a Japanese Canadian woman and Tahltan First Nations man, asking how cultural knowledge and history inform our experience of place and challenging us to seek new formations. Read more.

Offsite: Shigeru Ban

Offsite: Shigeru Ban

May 11 to October 8, 2018

In 1995 a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the coast of Japan with its epicentre at the major port city of Kobe. More than 6,000 people were killed and 200,000 made homeless. A young Tokyo-based architect—Shigeru Ban—known for his innovative work utilizing paper and cardboard tubing as a building material, was invited to respond to the urgent need for temporary relief shelter. Read more.

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

June 9 to September 30, 2018

Cabin Fever offers a historical and cultural survey of the cabin in North America—from the settlement of the frontier to the contemporary depictions feverishly circulated across the Internet. Featuring architectural models, drawings and full-scale interventions, as well as art, literature, photography and film, Cabin Fever will reveal how this architectural form has helped to shape a larger cultural identity. Read more.

Site Unseen

Site Unseen

June 16 to September 9, 2018

Artists in Site Unseen may begin with a documentary impulse to record the landscape; however their diverse production strategies ultimately create uncanny results. This exhibition reveals artists’ fascination with the camera’s ability to describe the world, while recognizing the play between reality and artifice that inevitably shapes every such account, ultimately questioning the idea of a photograph as a factual record. Read more.

David Milne: Modern Painting


June 16 to September 9, 2018

David Milne: Modern Painting documents an artistic career that spanned the first half of the twentieth century, bringing together almost ninety works in oil and watercolour, never-before-exhibited photographs and drawings by the artist, and memorabilia collected by Milne during his time in Europe as an official war artist. Arranged chronologically and topographically, the exhibition follows Milne’s artistic development as he moved from the bustling sidewalks of New York City to the war-torn landscapes of northern France and back again to the woods, fields and skies of northeastern US and Canada. Read more.

Emily Carr in Dialogue with Mattie Gunterman

Emily Carr in Dialogue with Mattie Gunterman

April 28 to September 3, 2018

This exhibition draws on the Vancouver Art Gallery’s extensive holdings of Emily Carr’s work to reflect her direct engagement with and great affection for British Columbia’s landscape which, for her, was a site of artistic and spiritual inquiry. Like Carr, much of Mattie Gunterman’s oeuvre reflected her engagement with the wilderness around her, which she documented with images of friends, campsites, trappers, prospectors, miners and day-to-day pioneer life. Read more.

Bombhead image


March 3 to June 17, 2018

BOMBHEAD is a thematic exhibition organized by guest curator John O’Brian that explores the emergence and impact of the nuclear age as represented by artists and their art. Strongly associated with obliteration and destruction, nuclear technologies have had a profound cultural and ecological impact since their development in the mid-20th century. Read more.

Living, Building, Thinking

Living, Building, Thinking: art and expressionism

March 3 to May 21, 2018

Living, Building, Thinking: art and expressionism uses the German Expressionist collection from the McMaster Museum of Art to explore the development of Expressionism in art from the early 19th century to the present day. Read more.

A Cultivating Journey: The Herman Levy Legacy

A Cultivating Journey: The Herman Levy Legacy

March 3 to May 21, 2018

Representing one of the most important donations ever made to a university gallery in Canada, A Cultivating Journey presents five centuries of magnificent art from the McMaster Museum of Art’s Levy Collection and Bequest from Herman Herzog Levy. Read more.

Takashi Muramaki

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

February 3 to May 6, 2018

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. Read more.


空/Emptiness: Emily Carr and Lui Shou Kwan

December 16, 2017 to April 7, 2018

空/Emptiness is a pairing of the Canadian modernist Emily Carr with Lui Shou Kwan founder of the New Ink Movement in Hong Kong. The exhibition is constructed through a comparison of how each artist experimented with modernist movements and mysticism through their respective depictions of nature. Read more.

Asim Waqif

Offsite: Asim Waqif

November 10, 2017 to April 15, 2018

New Delhi-based artist Asim Waqif will repurpose waste generated by demolition sites in Vancouver’s urban areas, employing materials from abandoned and derelict buildings anticipated for development. Waqif’s site-specific installation combines architecture with a strong contextual reference to contemporary urban design and the politics of occupying, intervening and using public space. Read more.