Vancouver Art Gallery

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Place Category: Galleries

  • 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 Bistro; 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.


    Transits and Returns: September 28, 2019 to February 23, 2020

    Transits and Returns looks to Indigenous artists whose practices are both rooted in the specificities of their places and cultures of origin and routed via their travels—artistic, embodied, and intellectual. These dual forces of situatedness and mobility, working in synergy and in tension with one another, come to shape highly specific and globally interconnected dialogues on Indigeneity. The exhibition includes the work of 21 artists based in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the United States, and whose homelands are located throughout the Pacific—from Alutiiq territory in the north to Māori lands in the south, and many island and mainland Nations in between.

    Cindy Sherman: October 26, 2019 to March 8, 2020

    This major exhibition explores the development of Cindy Sherman’s art, from the beginning of her career in the mid-1970s to the present day. For over four decades, the internationally acclaimed artist has manipulated her own appearance by deploying material derived from a range of cultural sources, including film, advertising, and fashion. Sherman (b. 1954) consistently explores the tension between identity and persona through the creation of characters that she herself assumes in each of the photographs.

    Rhythm, Rapture And The Tree of Life: Emily Carr and her Contemporaries  December 7, 2019 – April 26, 2020

    Emily Carr (1871–1945) is an iconic Canadian artist who is widely recognized for her paintings of the forested landscapes of British Columbia that evoke the possibility for transcending the material world through the colour, shapes and rhythms of nature.

    This exhibition looks at the art of Emily Carr in relation to work by her female Indigenous and Euro-Canadian contemporaries in this region.

    Vicky Alexander: Extreme Beauty | July 6 – January 26th, 2020

    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 – January 26th, 2020

    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.


    First Image Credit: Emily Carr, Deep Forest, c. 1931, oil on canvas, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Emily Carr Trust, Photo: Vancouver Art Gallery

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