Vancouver Art Gallery

About the Museum


Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery is recognized as one of North America’s most respected and innovative visual arts institutions. The Vancouver Art Gallery's collection now numbers over 11,700 works and represents the most comprehensive resource for visual culture in British Columbia. The collection grows by hundreds of works every year and is the principal repository for visual art produced in this region, including related works by notable Canadian and international artists. The Gallery’s innovative ground-breaking exhibitions, extensive public programs and emphasis on advancing scholarship, are focused on the historical and contemporary art of British Columbia, with special attention to the accomplishments of First Nations artists and the art of the Asia Pacific region—through the Institute of Asian Art which was founded in 2014. The Gallery’s programs also explore the impacts of images in the larger sphere of visual culture, design and architecture.

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