Vancouver Art Gallery

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by idared on January 30, 2002

I visited Vancouver twice so far, and both times I went to the Gallery during my first days in the city. The first time I went in 1999, there was a very interesting theme exhibition about portrait painting through the centuries. A gallery guide led us along and explained what to look for. I felt like I learnt more (much more) in that one hour than during my art history classes in high school. She was very professional, but explained everything so that even non-arty people could see what she meant. In January 2001, when I was there for the second time, the temporary exhibit was a collection of Toulouse Lautrec. It was very good as well.

There is a permanent collection of Emily Carr's work on the upper floor, which is worth a visit in itself! Her paintings really capture that pacific northwestern flair complete with haida motifs, rich green forests and killer whales.

The gallery also has a very well stocked souvenir/art store that has a wealth of books about contemporary and canadian art as well as artwork, reproductions and the usual museum shop souvernirs.

Highly recommended! Their official site lists the current exhibitions as well as opening hours:

Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby St.
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6Z 2H7
(604) 662-4719

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