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

BOMBHEAD

March 3 to June 17, 2018


Bruce Conner
Bombhead, 1989/2002
pigment on RC photo paper, acrylic
Private Collection
© Estate of Bruce Conner/SODRAC (2018)



Nancy Spero
Bomb and Victims, 1967
gouache, ink on paper
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Keith Westergaard and Cordell Couillard
© Estate of Nancy Spero/SODRAC, Montreal/VAGA, New York (2017)



Carel Moiseiwitsch
Untitled (Four Black Jets), 1992
lithograph on paper
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Mr. Milton Woensdregt


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.

Encompassing the pre- and postwar period from the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 to the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi in 2011, BOMBHEAD brings together paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photographs, film and video that deal with this often dark subject matter. The exhibition will address some of the most pressing issues of the postwar era. What has been the role of art in producing an image of the bomb and nuclear energy? Have nuclear art and images heightened or lessened anxieties about the atomic threat, or have they done both simultaneously? How should different expressive approaches to nuclear risk be understood? The themes explored in this exhibition will strongly resonate with the works on view in Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, which reflect Murakami’s own reckoning with the nuclear age.

Artists in the exhibition include: Carl Beam, Henry Busse, Blaine Campbell, Carl Chaplin, Bruce Conner, Gregory Coyes, Robert Del Tredici, Wang Du, Harold Edgerton, Gathie Falk, Robert Filliou, Richard Finnie, Betty Goodwin, Adolph Gottlieb, Richard Harrington, David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Robert Keziere, Roy Kiyooka, Bob Light and John Houston, Ishiuchi Miyako, Carel Moiseiwitsch, Andrea Pinheiro, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Ruwedel, John Scott, Erin Siddall, Nancy Spero and Barbara Todd.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by John O’Brian


Generously supported by:
Michael O’Brian Family Foundation

Additional support from:
Rojeanne and Jim Allworth