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

 2020 exhibition highlights include:

 Transits and Returns – to February 23, 2020
Cindy Sherman - to March 8, 2020
Rhythm, Rapture and the Tree of Life: Emily Carr and Her Contemporaries – to June 28, 2020
Shuvinai Ashoona: Mapping Worlds – February 22 to May 24, 2020
lineages and land bases – February 22 – May 24, 2020
Modern in the Making: Post-war Craft and Design in British Columbia – April 10 – September 20, 2020

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 take a break at our new 1931 Gallery Bistro and rooftop patio.

Visit our website: vanartgallery.bc.ca


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Last chance! Spend some quality #metime at the Gallery and immerse yourself in images of beauty in its many forms in #VikkyAlexander’s first career retrospective #ExtremeBeauty, closing this Sunday, January 26! . Working in Halifax as a student in the 1970s, New York in the 1980s, Vancouver in the 1990s and 2000s and now in Montréal, Vikky Alexander has been finding ways to illuminate the wonders and flaws of Western society for the past 40 years. Her practice continues to inspire us to locate ourselves in relation to the collective fantasies and dislocated realities that emerge in her photographs, sculptures, collages and installations. Experience her work at the Gallery before it’s gone! . Image: Members Opening, Summer 2019, Photo: @scottlittle
Tributes have been flooding in for the late, great #GordonSmith. Throughout the day, we will be sharing memories of the beloved artist in his honour. Watch our Stories for more. Help us celebrate Smith’s life and legacy by sharing your memories in the comments below. . This message comes from the Gallery’s former Senior Curator–Historical, Ian M. Thom: "A memory I have of Gordon is from, I believe, 2004. The Gallery had done a small show of West Coast artists, and there was a room of Smith paintings on the 4th floor. I had asked Gordon which works he wanted me to include. As was his wont, he told me that I could include whatever I thought was 'good enough.' I made a selection and asked him to come and see it. Viewing the paintings, he remarked that 'the paintings aren’t bad'—and that, for his own work, was high-praise indeed. He ended the visit with a typical Smith remark, 'I have to do better.' That is what will always remain with me about Gordon, the constant pushing of his art and himself to 'do better,' when most of the rest of us can only marvel at what he had already done." . Image: Gordon Smith, "Byway Trees A VI," 2000-01, acrylic on canvas, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of the Artist, VAG 2001.21 #VanArtCollection
“Gordon Smith’s name has become synonymous with the story of painting in our province. Again and again, over seven decades, he showed us new ways of seeing our landscape. Gordon continuously pushed himself to explore new possibilities in his painting⁠—and his output was prodigious. But his gift to us was not only captured on canvas. He was, just as importantly, a teacher, a friend to artists of all kinds, and a devoted and energetic builder of Vancouver's art community. He was an enormously generous man—generous with his talent, his time and, above all, with his encouragement to others. His generosity was felt not only here at the Vancouver Art Gallery but at arts organizations across the Lower Mainland. He was a giant in our midst and will be greatly missed.” – Daina Augaitis, Interim Director . #GordonSmith passed away on Saturday at the age of 100. Share your memories of the beloved BC artist whose life and work inspired so many below! . Image: Gordon Smith, “Pacific Landscape,” c.1963, screenprint on paper, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery Gift of J. Ron Longstaffe, VAG 97.61.14
Happy birthday to the one and only @cindysherman! 🥳 Visit the Gallery today to eat, drink and be merry in her honour. Celebrate one of the most influential artists of our time and take a look back at her career spanning almost 5 decades in her must-see retrospective #CindySherman, only on view in #Vancouver for a limited time! . In this #historyportrait, Sherman takes on the pose of #Caravaggio’s 16th-century painting “Sick Bacchus,” making a caricature of the original. Caravaggio’s painting is thought to be a self-portrait of the artist as the Roman god of wine, #Bacchus. Here, the female artist takes his place. In an interview with @art21, Sherman explained: “I’m much more ignorant about #OldMaster paintings and #arthistory than many people involved in the art world, so I’m not really taking it seriously. [...] I guess I’m also commenting on how we think these things are masterful. Why do we think they’re so great?” . Image: Cindy Sherman, “Untitled #224,” 1990, chromogenic print, Courtesy of the Artist and @metro_pictures


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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