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.

Current Exhibitions

Pictures From Here

Pictures From Here

May 19 to September 4, 2017

Beginning in the late 1970s artists such as Ian Wallace, Jeff Wall, Christos Dikeakos and Rodney Graham developed intellectually rigorous approaches to photography. Breaking with the romantic landscape tradition that dominated art making and collecting in Vancouver well into the 1970s, they developed practices that both articulated an affinity with the avant-garde projects of early modernism and uniquely acknowledged the specific place and historical moment in which they were working.
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Co-Presenting Sponsors:


Visionary Partner for Photography Exhibitions:
Miles, Maureen and Larry Lunn

Major support generously provided by:
The Wesik Family
Naudia and Mark Maché

Onsite/Offsite: Tsang Kin-Wah

Offsite: May 4 to October 15, 2017 | Onsite: June to October 15, 2017

Tsang Kin-Wah will create a site-specific text work for the Vancouver art gallery exterior. Based on editorials taken from Vancouver newspapers in the 1980-90s, Tsang’s text critically addresses generalizations and issues surrounding the cultural climate of immigration in Vancouver from Hong Kong. The composition of the pattern is made from text in both Chinese and English. The exhibition explores the immigrant experience and marginalized voices in an attempt to unpack history and account for suppressed narratives


A program of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s
Institute of Asian Art.
Founding Corporate Visionary Partner
for the Institute of Asian Art
Visionary Partners:
Liu Bao, Wang Ying and Liu Manzhao

With appreciation to members of the IAA Development Committee
Onsite: Tsang Kin-Wah is generously supported by the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program.

OFFSITE: Tsang Kin-Wah is funded by the City of Vancouver through the Public Art Program. The Gallery recognizes Ian Gillespie, President, Westbank; Ben Yeung, President, Peterson Investment Group; and the residents of the Shangri-La for their support of this space.

Emily Carr - Into the Forest From the Collection

Emily Carr: Into the Forest

May 13 to December 3, 2017

Emily Carr, born in Victoria, BC, is one of Canada’s most renowned modern artists. Significant as a landscape painter, this selection of artworks, drawn primarily from the Gallery's collection, includes some of her greatest canvases and oils on paper. These works demonstrate Carr’s profound regard for British Columbia’s natural environment and her remarkable ability to depict the vitality of our dense coastal forests. Read more.

Presenting Sponsor:

Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver

March 4 to May 28, 2017

June 2017 marks the 20-year anniversary of the transfer of Hong Kong sovereignty from the United Kingdom to mainland China. In the lead up to the handover, tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents immigrated to Canada, many choosing to settle in Vancouver, and among them were a significant number of artists.

IAA  Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver is part of the Vancouver Art Gallery's Institute of Asian Art exhibition programing which features historical, contemporary and emerging international and local Asian artists

Founding Corporate Visionary Partner
for the Institute of Asian Art
Visionary Partners:
Liu Bao, Wang Ying
and Liu Manzhao

Major Exhibition Support:
Angela Bi

Additional support:
Amelia Gao
Don and Barbara Stuart

Supporting Sponsor:

Additional support from Founding Members of the IAA Development Committee:
Shawn He, Liu Junjun, Guo Quan Peng, Fiona Yang,
Yin Qing, Vivian Zhang, Cathy Zuo

Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy

March 4 to May 28, 2017

Retainers of Anarchy is a solo exhibition featuring new work from Howie Tsui that considers wuxia as a narrative tool for dissidence and resistance. Wuxia, a traditional form of martial arts literature that expanded into 20th century popular film and television, was created out of narratives and characters often from lower social classes that uphold chivalric ideals against oppressive forces during unstable times.

Generously supported by:
Sherry Killam

Susan Point: Spindle Whorl

February 18 to May 28, 2017

Over the past three and a half decades, Musqueam artist Susan Point has received wide acclaim for her accomplished and remarkably wide-ranging oeuvre that forcefully asserts the vitality of Coast Salish culture, both past and present. Read more.

Major Sponsor:

Supporting Sponsors:
Hemlock Printers

Generously supported by:
The McLean Foundation

Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family

Visionary Partner for BC Artist Exhibitions:
David Aisenstat

Support for the publication is provided by the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Endowment for Research and Publications.

Larwill Park

Larwill Park Site Inaugural Project
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Ovoidism

September 22, 2016 to September 25, 2017

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun is a renowned Vancouver-based artist of Coast Salish and Okanagan descent who has produced a public art installation on the future site of the Vancouver Art Gallery where a group of brilliantly coloured ovoid sculptures mark the location. Read more.