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Vancouver Art Gallery
Art for All

Immerse yourself in historic masterworks and groundbreaking contemporary exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

 2019 exhibition highlights include:

A Curator’s View: Ian Thom Selects - To March 17, 2019
The Metamorphosis – To March 17, 2019
French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950 To May 20, 2019
Affinities: Canadian Artists and France - To May 20, 2019
Mowry Baden - March 2 – June 9, 2019
Displacement  - March 2 – June 9, 2019

Take a public tour of the exhibitions, or get creative on weekends with family activities and free entry on Sundays for children 12 & under.

Enhance your experience by visiting the Gallery Store for unique gifts, or break for lunch on the Gallery Café’s exquisite rooftop patio.

Visit our website: vanartgallery.bc.ca



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Wednesday afternoons before a long weekend… Reinvigorate your senses with a visit to the Gallery! We’re open all weekend long. … This lightbox from the #VanArtCollection—now on view in #Affinities—was inspired by an image #RodneyGraham found depicting the French military painter #AlphonsedeNeuville in his Paris studio circa 1880, with a model in the uniform of the French National Guard lying prone on the floor. Here, Graham takes on the role of the model, surrounded with props in an opulent studio, his head supported by an overturned stool in a comically theatrical manner. The work can be seen as a comically ironic self-portrait, in which the aging artist becomes a passive model who, perhaps, no longer has the energy to pick himself up off the floor. … Image: Rodney Graham, “Artist's Model Posing for ‘The Old Bugler, Among the Fallen, Battle of Beaune-la-Roland 1870’ in the Studio of an Unknown Military Painter, Paris 1885,” 2009, chromogenic transparency in lightbox, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of BMO Financial Group, VAG 2011.6.1 a-c
Beginning in the late 1850s, photographers in Bombay, Calcutta and Madras began to organize lectures and exhibitions, fostering an active culture of experimentation and exchange through the process of image-making that continues today. Join curators #DianaFreundl and #GayatriSinha at the Gallery this Saturday, April 20 at 3 PM for a discussion of recent scholarship on #Indianart and the importance of photography in 19th-century India to the present, presented in dialogue with our newest exhibition #MovingStill, on view from April 19 to September 2, 2019. … This #CuratorsInConversation event is free for Members or with Gallery admission. Register today to save your seat! #MovingStillSpeakerSeries #ArtMakesUs … Image: Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II, "Unidentified women of the zenana," c.1870 (detail), digital print from an original wet collodion glass plate negative, Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust
Audible gasps were heard throughout our offices this morning as we watched the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris become engulfed with flames. Our thoughts are with France as we collectively mourn the devastation of this world heritage site.🇫🇷💔 ... Image: Heinrich Kuhn, “View of Notre Dame, Paris,” 19th century, albumen print, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft, VAG 2009.7.4 #VanArtCollection
An exemplar of the exacting techniques of the academic tradition, as well as a consummate storyteller and creator of spectacle, #JeanLeonGerome was determined to become known as a grand history painter, employing neoclassical and religious subject matter to convey moral and social narratives. In this scene—painted following a 3-month-long trip to Egypt and North Africa in early 1868—a merchant hawks his wares on the streets of Cairo, calling out to passersby as he holds up an ornate carpet for their inspection—and ours. Gérôme often depicted scenes as if he had just turned a corner during his travels, adding to their allure as they were read by Western patrons as documents of foreign cultures. However, like many artists who took up the subject, referred to as #Orientalists, Gérôme invented and exaggerated elements that distinguished East from West, reinforcing Western stereotypes. ... Inspect this work’s rich colours, complex patterns and plush folds at the Gallery in the West Coast premiere of #FrenchModerns #MonettoMatisse, now on view through May 20! … Image: Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904), “The Carpet Merchant of Cairo,” 1869, oil on canvas, Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Joseph Gluck, 74.208, Photo: Brooklyn Museum


The Vancouver Art Gallery occupies an entire city block in the heart of downtown Vancouver, bounded by Georgia Street, Hornby Street, Robson Street and Howe Street.

You can enter the Gallery from either Hornby Street or Robson Street Plaza (adjacent to Howe Street).

Both entrances are wheelchair accessible.

Hours and Dates of Operation

Open daily 10am-5pm; Tuesdays until 9pm.

Gallery tours on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Weekly Family Programs every Sunday, free for kids 12 & under.

 Calendar of Events


Phone: 604.662.4719
Website: vanartgallery.bc.ca
Email: marketing@vanartgallery.bc.ca
Address: 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7

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