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

Marina Roy

Marina Roy: Your Kingdom to Command

June 2 to October 10, 2016

Marina Roy uses both natural and processed materials to create a 25 meter mural and tree fountain that stands out in contrast to the glass and concrete office towers in downtown Vancouver. Find out more »

Visionary Partner for Offsite:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation


The Artist and His Muses

June 11 to October 2, 2016

Known for his enormous contribution to the canon of great art in the 20th century, Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (1881—1973) is one of the masters of Modernism. Examining the significance of the six women who were inspirational to his artistic development, Picasso: The Artist and His Muses is the most significant exhibition of Picasso’s work ever presented in Vancouver. Find out more »
Art Centre Basel
An exhibition created by Art Centre Basel, curated by Katharina Beisiegel and produced in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery

Presenting Sponsor:
The Keg
Major Sponsor:
Supporting Sponsor:

Generously Supported by:
Joan Anderson
Jake and Judy Kerr

Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family
Supported by the Government of Canada /
Avec l'appui du gouvernement du Canada
Harry Callahan

Harry Callahan: The Street

June 11 to September 5, 2016

Harry Callahan (1912–1999) was one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century.
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Generously Supported by:
Shauna K. Woolley
Visionary Partner for Photography Exhibitions:
Miles, Maureen and Larry Lunn

                      An Agreeable State of Uncertainty

An Agreeable State of Uncertainty

June 11 to September 5, 2016

Selected from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s collection by artist Stephen Waddell, this exhibition takes the themes addressed in the work of the American photographer Harry Callahan as its starting point.
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NEXT: Stephen Waddell

NEXT: Stephen Waddell
Dark Matter Atlas

June 11 to September 5, 2016

This exhibition will feature a recent body of photographs in which Waddell has departed dramatically from the subject matter of his previous work by focusing on underground caverns in the United States, Canada and Lebanon—spaces once inaccessible that are now open to tourists.
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Presenting Sponsor:

Visionary Partner for BC Artist Exhibitions:
David Aisenstat
Visionary Partner for Photography Exhibitions:
Miles, Maureen and Larry Lunn
Wolfgang Paalen

Emily Carr

I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer:
Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia

July 1 to November 13, 2016

This first pairing of the Modernist painters Wolfgang Paalen (1905–1959) and Emily Carr (1871–1945) will tell the story of how the artists met in Victoria, British Columbia, in 1939, and how the creative vision of each expanded in reaction to the majestic landscape of British Columbia and the monumental art of the Northwest Coast First Nations. Find out more »

Generously supported by:
Gary Bell
Associates of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family

Additional support for the publication is provided by the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Endowment

Bharti Kher


July 9 to October 10, 2016

The first major retrospective in North America of New Delhi based artist Bharti Kher, this exhibition brings together sculptures and paintings that represent the diversity of Kher’s practice and articulate the perceptions and realities of being female today. Find out more »


Indian Summer Festival
BHARTI KHER Matter is part of the Vancouver Art Gallery's Institute of Asian Art's exhibition programing which features historical, contemporary and emerging international and local asian artists, and is presented in association with the Indian Summer Festival »

Exhibition Support:
Hari Sharma Foundation
Generously Supported by:
Lesley Stowe and Geoffrey Scott

Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family

Bharti Kher is presented as part of the Gallery’s Institute of Asian Art initiative

Founding Corporate Visionary Partner
for the Institute of Asian Art
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