Director's Welcome

Welcome from Kathleen Bartels, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery

Photo: Pardeep Singh


ART MAKES US PROUD, as we take big steps toward the creation of the new Vancouver Art Gallery. I hope you were able to join us for a historic moment in the life of the Gallery: On September 29, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, we presented our conceptual design for the new building and discussed how our new museum will better serve you and our many diverse communities, as well as celebrate the creative individuals who make this city one of the best and most inspiring places in which to live. We also announced capital gifts committed by our Board of Trustees, totalling $23 million, a generosity for which we are incredibly grateful.

The new Vancouver Art Gallery will itself be a work of art, drawing attention locally, nationally and internationally. Most importantly, it will showcase the compelling art of our times–from the past and the present–and encourage viewers to enjoy favourite works and look beyond what they already know to new possibilities for representing issues, ideas, people and places. Don't miss our free access exhibition in the forecourt: The Conceptual Design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery, where you can study the architectural model for our new museum and learn about the big goals that have guided our work.

Our autumn exhibition season offers six more avenues for embracing creativity: through immersion in Canada's longstanding fascination with landscape and artistic approaches to its representation, by exploring the work of First Nations artists and considering how their objects are collected and shared, by examining a new public artwork evoking classic summer in the midst of Vancouver's cold and wet season, by traversing the life's work of a BC artist who married his love of the history of invention with his own innovations, by reflecting on local artists who transformed the use of media arts in the 1960s and 70s, and by experiencing the brilliant, futuristic installations of an internationally renowned Korean artist.

Looking further ahead, I'm excited to tell you about the largest exhibition ever undertaken by the Gallery. MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, opening February 20, will look at a particular way of thinking about the world–through the strategies of collage, montage, sampling, remixing, etc.–and investigate this mode of production from the start of the 20th century through to the present day. Next summer, Picasso: The Artist and His Muses will delve into the life of one of the world's most famous artists and introduce us to six important women who inspired him and became compelling subjects for his art.

There's much here to contemplate, along with a busy program of events for children, youth, families and adults. We thank all of our Donors and Members for your exceptional support. Without you, none of what we do would be possible!

Together, we are achieving a cultural transformation that will be enormously beneficial for our families and our children’s families.


Kathleen S. Bartels