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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:

Mowry Baden To June 9, 2019
Displacement To June 9, 2019
Moving Still: Performative Photography In India To September 2, 2019
Views from the Collection: The Street  To November 17, 2019
Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time  - June 16 to September 29, 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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“Have you ever noticed that the truer a work is the more stylized it is? That seems strange, because style certainly does not conform to the reality of appearances, and yet the heads that come closest to resembling people I see on the street are those that are the least naturalistic—the sculptures of the Egyptians, the Chinese, the archaic Greeks, and the Sumerians.” —Alberto Giacometti, 1962⁣ ⁣ Despite #AlbertoGiacometti’s continuous exploration of emptiness and isolation, his practice was influenced by a wide range of artistic sources. During the 1920s and ‘30s, he spent hours in Parisian museums, particularly @museelouvre, carefully observing and copying works of art. He was particularly inspired and deeply affected by the radical approaches to style which transformed the human figure in ancient works from Cycladic, Etruscan, Egyptian, and West and Central African cultures. Cycladic artists, for example, simplified the human figure dramatically, reducing limbs and facial features to create elemental, monumental standing figures. Giacometti believed these works came closer to life than any idealized classical form, and the aura of mystery that surrounds them also appealed to the artist. He carried history with him, while the anxieties of the future were never far from his mind. Thus, in his work, the past is combined with the present, the individual fused with the universal— drawing ‘a line through time.’⁣ ⁣ Visit the Gallery now through September 29 to discover Giacometti’s remarkable works alongside the rich network of associations and inspirations that shaped and give meaning to his prodigious practice.⁣ #ALineThroughTime ⁣ Image: Installation view of Cycladic figurines, c.2700–2000 BCE, from The Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection in “Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time,” exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery and organized in collaboration with The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, UK
When was the last time you visited the Gallery with the kids? Come get inspired as a family this weekend! Every Sunday from 12-4 PM, we offer drop-in #WeeklyFamilyPrograms, FREE for kids 12 and under. Discover the exhibitions with our team of Art Agents, and then visit The Making Place for hands-on art-making activities inspired by the artworks on display. See you this Sunday! . #Repost from a recent visit by @331konk in “Views of the Collection: The Street.”
“This is a very critical moment in Canada’s history. Whether or not we are able to actually establish a morally intact relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples really depends on what we do right now. A very important part of how we make that transition is how do we explore, through the arts, these relationships? [...] I think the Vancouver Art Gallery gets to create the physical moment that signals the transition from smallness to international. If Vancouver is really transitioning to more of an international, cosmopolitan, contemporary city, it needs to signal that with the new building.” – @yahgulanaas ⁣ The Vancouver Art Gallery is situated within the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. We are exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to live and learn on this land. On this #NationalIndigenousPeoplesDay, watch contemporary visual artist and author #MichaelNicollYahgulanaas share his hopes for the Vancouver Art Gallery’s new building. Check out our IGTV to watch the interview in full! #ArtMakesUs⁣ ⁣ Renderings: West Georgia Street entrance; a view into the Indigenous Art Galleries; a high-wall gallery on Level 1, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, © Herzog & de Meuron
“This is an exhibition of art, high art, not ethnology.” – Doris Shadbolt, Acting Director, 1967⁣ ⁣ #FlashbackFriday: June 15 marked the 52nd anniversary of the opening of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s landmark Centennial exhibition, “Arts of the Raven: Masterworks by the Northwest Coast Indian,” on view from June 15 to September 24, 1967. The exhibition brought together more than 550 works, and it was hailed by the New York Times as “a revelation;” an exhibition that “was bound to be important.” In 2017, former Senior Curator—Historical Ian M. Thom said, “What #ArtsoftheRaven did… was establish a new benchmark on how Indigenous art should be represented in Canadian art museums.”⁣ ⁣ Situated on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations, the Vancouver Art Gallery is exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to live and learn on this land, especially as we reflect on #NationalIndigenousPeoplesDay⁣ ⁣ Image: Installation views of “Arts of the Raven,” 1967, Photos: Vancouver Art Gallery Archives (recently featured in @globeandmail)


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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