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.



Picasso: The Artist and His Muses

Known for his enormous contribution to the canon of Western art in the 20th century, Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (1881–1973) is one of the masters of Modernism. Taking a fresh approach to the artist’s oeuvre, Picasso: The Artist and His Muses examines the impact of the six women who were inspirational to his artistic development: Fernande Olivier, Olga Khokhlova, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot and Jacqueline Roque. The publication features six texts by leading art writers and reproduces career-spanning works that illuminate the lives, personalities and creative pursuits of these women, who were all principal figures in Picasso’s personal life and strongly influenced his career.

Co-published by Art Centre Basel, Black Dog Publishing and the Vancouver Art Gallery on the occasion of the exhibition Picasso: The Artist and His Muses, created by Art Centre Basel and produced in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery and presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery from June 11 to October 2, 2016.

Picasso: The Artist and His Muses publication page:
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I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer: Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia – Forthcoming July 2016

In August 1939, the Surrealist painter Wolfgang Paalen, en route from Paris to Mexico via British Columbia, asked to be introduced to Emily Carr… I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer brings together new research concerning the French Austrian artist Wolfgang Paalen (1905–1959), who was involved with the Surrealists in Paris, and the great Canadian Modernist Emily Carr (1871–1945), who at this point was beginning to achieve international recognition for her paintings of the British Columbia landscape. Upon their meeting, Paalen knew he had found a contemporary in Carr whose appreciation for the culture of the Northwest Coast Indigenous peoples and significant talent resonated with his own. This 88-page publication reproduces important works from both artists and recounts the significance of the events leading up to and following their 1939 meeting.

Co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Figure 1 Publishing on the occasion of the exhibition I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer: Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia, curated by guest curator Colin Browne and presented from July 1 to November 13, 2016.

BHARTI KHER Matter – Forthcoming July 2016

BHARTI KHER Matter surveys the work of internationally acclaimed artist Bharti Kher. Her work encompasses painting, sculpture and installation, often incorporating bindis and saris, and speaks about domesticity, gender, body politics and the realities of being female today. In the exhibition’s accompanying catalogue, eight distinguished writers offer psychoanalytic, literary, cultural and political readings of her work. The publication also reproduces a career-spanning selection of artworks that represent the sophisticated nature and diversity of Kher’s artistic practice.

Co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing on the occasion of the exhibition BHARTI KHER Matter, curated by Daina Augaitis and Diana Freundl and presented from July 9 to October 10, 2016..

BHARTI KHER Matter publication page:
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Harry Callahan: The Street

Harry Callahan (1912–1999) played a central role in the development of modern photography during the second half of the 20th century. During a career that spanned five decades he produced an extraordinary body of work that focuses on the everyday and encompasses a broad array of photographic techniques. The collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery includes almost 600 Callahan photographs, representing the full chronology of Callahan’s career, that were acquired in 2013 and 2014 through the generosity of the Montreal-based Rossy Family Foundation.

Celebrating this extraordinary gift and addressing an area of Callahan’s activity that is not as widely known as other aspects of his production, Harry Callahan: The Street features more than 100 photographs made of the urban environment in Detroit, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Cairo, Mexico and Morocco. The publication spans the montages produced in Detroit in the early 1940s up to the pictures he made along Peachtree Street in Atlanta from the mid-1980s until just a few years before his death in 1999.

Co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing on the occasion of the exhibition Harry Callahan: The Street, curated by Grant Arnold and presented from June 1 to September 5, 2016.

MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture

From the moment Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque undertook the revolutionary gesture of adding a rectangle of floral wallpaper or a newspaper headline to their compositions, they initiated an immediate and fundamental shift in European art. The resulting explosion of mashup strategies—from dub music to screenprint assemblage, remixed literature to machinima—offers the clearest evidence of the relevance of this process to the growth of modern culture during the 20th century, and its dominance in the 21st century.

MashUp presents an international survey of mashup culture from the past 100 years, including hundreds of works from artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Robert Rauschenberg, Maison Martin Margiela, Barbara Kruger, Quentin Tarantino, Dara Birnbaum, Nam June Paik, Brian Eno, Gu Wenda, Andy Warhol and Hito Steyerl; essays from Dawn Ades, Olia Lialina, David Katz, Melanie O’Brian, DJ Spooky, Michael Darling, Stephanie Rebick and Bruce Grenville, among several others; and more than 250 full-colour illustrations.

MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture publication page:
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Editor(s): Daina Augaitis, Bruce Grenville, Stephanie Rebick
Contributors: Dawn Ades, Patrik Andersson, Isabelle Arvers, Daina Augaitis, John Baldessari, Nicolas Bourriaud, Nicholas Chambers, Francesca Coppa, Lisa Coulthard, Michael Darling, Kaat Debo, Guy Debord, Amelia Does, Marcel Duchamp, Todd Falkowsky, Diana Freundl, Amber Frid-Jimenez, Ellen Gallagher, Richard Goldstein, Inka Graeve Ingelmann, Bruce Grenville, Makiko Hara, Hannah Höch, Helen Hsu, Suzanne P. Hudson, Shelley Jackson, David Katz, Rem Koolhaas, Miwon Kwon, Peter Lang, Tim Lawrence, Olia Lialina, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, Kim Nguyen, Melanie O’Brian, Craig Owens, Tina Yee-wan Pang, Christine Poggi, J. Fiona Ragheb, Stephanie Rebick, Isabel Schulz, Christopher Scoates, Kathy Slade, Rob Stone, Ian M. Thom, Angela Dalle Vacche, David White, Gareth Williams, Nick Wright

Co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing on the occasion of the exhibition MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, an exhibition organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery; curated by Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director, Bruce Grenville, Senior Curator, and Stephanie Rebick, Assistant Curator; and presented from February 20 to June 12, 2016