Vancouver Art Gallery

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  • Discover the power of art on your next trip to Vancouver with a visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery, one of North America’s most exciting and innovative visual arts institutions. Four Iconic works by renowned Canadian Modernist painter Emily Carr are on view as well as ground-breaking exhibitions and selections from the permanent collection. Open 7 days a week, a visit to the Gallery is an opportunity to meditate on more than a century’s worth of Canadian and international art, from historical masters to contemporary visionaries.

    Enhance your experience by attending one of the Gallery’s engaging special events, educational tours or programs designed for families, youth and art enthusiasts of all ages. Weekly Family Programs are featured every Sunday—free for children 12 and under—your kids will gain a unique appreciation for the arts with activities that bring the exhibitions to life.

    Spend time in the Gallery Store; a locals’ favorite for one-of-a kind-gifts or refuel in the Gallery Café; an eatery with a reputation for great food and an outdoor patio that is one of Vancouver’s hidden gems.


    History, the Permanent Exhibitions and Emily Carr

    The Vancouver Art Gallery had been telling stories through art for nearly 90 years. It made its debut in 1931 with a collection of British historical paintings and only seven works by Canadian artists. Those humble beginnings became the foundation for a collection of more than 12,000 pieces including significant works by Indigenous artists as well as collections in the recently established Asian Institute for Art. The gallery has a rich repository of works by Vancouverites such as Jeff Wall, Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham, Roy Arden, Ian Wallace and others as well as historical landscapes, 17th-century Dutch paintings and one of North America’s most important photographic collections by icons such as Ansel Adams, Cindy Sherman and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

    The Vancouver Art Gallery has an impressive record of exhibitions by historical, international masters such as Monet and Picasso as well as presentations of important works by Emily Carr and other respected British Columbian, Canadian and Indigenous artists. Historical projects are often exhibited concurrently with contemporary art presentations, connecting past and present perspectives. We recommend you check the Gallery website for current exhibition information.


    Moving Still: Performative Photography in India| To September 2, 2019

    The exhibition looks at the early beginnings of photography in India and highlights artists who make imaginative use of the camera’s power to subvert reality. Actively participating in their photo-narratives they position themselves at the centre of social and political inquiry. The exhibition explores themes of migration, gender, religion and national identity through the lens of performative photography in India.

    Views Of The Collection: The Street | To November 17, 2019

    The urban street is one of the primary locations in which culture has been produced and enacted in the Western world. As the central space in which private and public realms intersect—and moments of conviviality and alienation are played out—the street is an arena where individual gestures and chance encounters speak to the pleasures, challenges and points of conflict that are negotiated in everyday life. This exhibition includes paintings, photographs and prints ranging in date from the eighteenth century up to the present, that take the street as their subject matter in widely divergent ways.

    Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time | June 15 – September 29, 2019

    This unique exhibition is focused on the art of Alberto Giacometti, renowned in the twentieth century for his sculpture, painting, drawing and design. The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to examine the breadth of his practice and to see Giacometti’s place amongst his contemporaries in Paris and London in the post-war period. Key themes for the exhibition include the artist’s historical sources of inspiration, his innovative approach to materials and processes, and his notable influence on British artists.

    Vicky Alexander: Extreme Beauty | July 6 – October 27, 2019

    Vikky Alexander: Extreme Beauty is the first retrospective of the work of this notable Canadian artist who has been exhibiting photographs, montages, sculptures, collages and installations for more than three decades.

    Robert Rauschenberg: 1965 – 1980 | July 6 – October 27, 2019

    Drawn primarily from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s collection, Robert Rauschenberg 1965–1980 will explore the artist’s experimental, radical approach to art making that used everyday materials and the detritus of popular culture to investigate the intersection of art and life.

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