Vancouver Art Gallery

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Contemporary Art Scene
The size of this museum is quite small but the permanent collection of work from Vancouver artists is delightful. There also seems to be a good rotation of exhibitions, but I happened to catch Douglas Coupland's show "everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything". It is a great space for a contemporary artist like Douglas. Also, if you download the museum's free app on your phone, there is an audio guide/tour. Admission is free on Tuesday evenings and there were tons of food trucks around the museum during the afternoon. So if you are looking for a short break from the heat or rain, stop in and check out the art.
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Art in the Right Place
The Vancouver Art Gallery is the largest art museum in western Canada, with over 10,000 works. Perhaps needless to say, Canadian works are one of the museum's strengths, with many pieces by the famous Group of Seven, a leading group of landscape painters from the early 20th century, as well as Emily Carr, one of Canada's most important modernist painters. Visiting exhibitions cover a range of subjects—classical Chinese works, European masters, contemporary architecture. The Art Gallery is connected to the Robson Square complex. Students of urban planning will want to visit this notable development; everyone else will want to stop by if only to check out the scene at the plaza and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants. The Vancouver Art Gallery should be on every visitor's itinerary, to book a custom trip around your interests, contact me at

Photo by Maya-Anaïs Yataghène,
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Vancouver's Art Gallery: Canadian & International Art
The Vancouver Art Gallery is always the first, or last, place I visit when I stop in the West Coast city.

This image was taken during one of its best international exhibits—the Surrealism exhibit with classic works by Dali, Ernst, Breton, Carrington, and Remedios Varo. This is where I discovered the lesser-known work of Leonor Fini.

Along with acclaimed traveling exhibitions, you'll discover many Canadian artists from the permanent collection. This is a great way to visually connect to Canada's landscape, history, and present. From the iconic members of the Group of Seven, western Canadian gem Emily Carr, and various contemporary artists, it's an ideal afternoon spent exploring the oft-overlooked art that Canada has to offer.

If you lack time to explore the three floors of the vast gallery, stop in at the gift shop for a unique souvenir or book to expand your Canadian art repertoire.

After exploring the gallery, take a jaunt across the street for high tea at the Fairmont Vancouver Hotel, where western Canadians have kept alive the British tradition these many years.
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Vancouver Art Gallery
Housed in an old courthouse, this museum has its finger on the pulse of the contemporary-art scene, running cutting-edge exhibits and showcasing a rotation of works from a permanent collection strong in photo-conceptualists (Jeff Wall, Stan Douglas) and British Columbia artists such as Emily Carr. The museum also has a wealth of paintings by Dutch masters and a mezzanine-level café with a lovely terrace space. Note: In 2017, the Vancouver Art Gallery will be moving to a new location.
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