One of Vancouver's more distinct downtown buildings is the Art Gallery. I paid $7 CDN to enter as a student. There was a great gift shop with lots of neat things in there.
The exhibits themselves were good. I got to see all of the Emily Carr exhibit but was to early for the Andy Warhol. I noticed walking through that there are many kids programs at the gallery, one class was receiving instruction on how to draw.
I would probably recommend getting a tour, I find art galleries are much better when you get the interpretation and learn what was actually trying to be painted and the meaning.
I didn't get a tour in this case but should have. If you have visiting the Lourve or the Prado in Spain, this will be a step down but I am sure someone truly into art will enjoy.
While driving downtown Vancouver, I saw a lot of flags of "Dali and Monet" -a marketing strategy of the the Vancouver Museum to attract visitors. The famous works of Salvador Dali and Oscar Claude Monet will be featured in its October exhibition! When we visited Vancouver, Georgia O'keefe's paintings were exhibited!
Georgia O'Keefe is an American painter from Amarillo, Texas. She is chiefly famous for her paintings of flowers, landscapes, rocks, shells and animal bones.
Salvador Dali is a famous Spanish painter whose painting "Memory" became famous for. "Memory" is a painting of time and or however you look at the painting -looks like a watch hanging like a cloth on a branch of a tree.
Claude Monet, on the other hand, is a famous French impressionist. One of his famous painting is the "Woman in a Parasol".
The Vancouver Museum
The building housing the Vancouver Art Gallery used to be the main Provincial Court House of B.C. The fountain out front is absolutely beautiful, with ornate inlaid multi-coloured tiles.
When I was a kid, my dad used to take my little brother and me down here to play in the fountain. I still have fond memories of the lush colours of the mosaic at the base of the pool
I love the Vancouver Art Gallery, although I recognize that it's not for everybody.
While the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) doesn't measure up to famous galleries like the Met or the Louvre, this is the largest art gallery in western Canada. If you appreciate art, it's well worth a visit, especially on a rainy day. I usually spend a little over 2 hours here during each visit, but you can easily spend longer.
The VAG has 4 floors, usually with one exhibit per floor. Although it has permanent displays, it mainly promotes touring exhibits. These exhibits vary from well known impressionist painters like Van Gogh to pop art icons like Andy Warhol. Some exhibits focus on entire cultures, like ancient Chinese painting, or the artwork of the Haida. They also tend to feature a lot of artwork from contemporary artists like Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Jeff Wall, Yasumasa Morimura, Cindy Sherman, Douglas Gordon, and Miranda July. The museum is always changing, and that's what makes it interesting.
If you're visiting on the last Friday of the month, go to the VAG's "Fuse Friday". From 6pm until 11pm, they keep the gallery open and serve drinks, host live DJs, performance art, fashion shows, live bands - every time is something different. It's a chance to browse the gallery while participating in one of Vancouver's coolest nightlife events.
If you like architecture, you'll appreciate that the building used to be Vancouver's first court house. You migth also notice that the main steps outside are used as a public gathering place. Think of it like a Speakers Corner. Whether it's protesting war with Iraq, airbrush painters creating massive celestial panoramas, Hare Krshna's looking for followers, elderly men playing chess, Girl Guides selling cookies, local citizens protesting tax increases, or marijuana users looking for support, they'll be on those steps.
Finally, they have a fantastic gift shop - perfect for art books, jewellery, or souvenirs.
For some this may be of no interest whatsoever , however to us vters being cultured people and so forth, I will share this must see with you all! I rarely visit a city without checking out an art gallery or three! Vancouver has a wonderful permanent exhibition of one of my favourites Emily Carr. Carr was a local artist born in Victoria, B.C. in 1871and for me her work was way ahead of it's time.
Any way check it it out for yourselves.
Monday to Sunday & Holidays 10 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 10 am - 9 pm
Tuesday to Sunday & Holidays 10 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 10 am - 9 pm
Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day
Senior (65+) $11
Student (with valid ID) $10
Children (12 and under) Free
Family (maximum 2 parents and 2 children aged 13-18) $40
Admission is by donation on Thursday evenings, 5 pm - 9 pm
During the Summer & Spring the steps leading to the Gallery become a great spot to people watch. If you visit during the winter time, just simple go into the Gallery to admire some of the best West Coast Artist such as Emily Carr.
The Art Gallery is Vancouver's primary art museum. It is a bit unusual in that it does not have a large permanent collection, but instead serves as an exhibit space for a number of temporary exhibitions. When we we there, they had an excellent exhibit of 19th and 20th century art from the Cleveland museum.
The Vancouver Art Gallery is the biggest collection of art in Vancouver. It has a permanent collection of over 7,900 items which includes works by Emily Carr and illustrations by Chagall. The Art Gallery tends to focus on more modern art and has housed exhibitions on the Group of Seven, Andy Warhol, and medical art that included a drawing by Michelangelo. The gallery was founded in 1931 and in 1983 it moved to its current location, the former provincial courthouse. The building was originally designed by Francis Rattenbury in 1906 and was redesigned by the architect Arthur Erickson.
It's hard to write a tip about the Vancouver Art Gallery because the exhibits are always changing. While the museum does have a permanent collection including works by Emily Carr, the real highlights are the ever-changing temporary and visiting exhibits. I loved Massive Change: The Future of Global Design (2004) and I was also fascinated by Acting the Part: Photography as Theatre (until May 21, 2007). The exhibits are spread over four floors in a beautiful turn-of-the-century building that was remodelled by Arthur Erikson when the gallery moved in. There are some days when five or six hours doesn't seem like enough time to take in the exhibits, other days I can pass through in two hours. Check the website to see what's coming up and what interests you.
Due to my lack of time, I couldn't visit it but according to a brochure, it used too be a courthouse. Its style is Neoclassical Revival and offers a permanent art collection and revolving art shows. Another reason to go back to Van!!
One of Vancouver's many bright spots is the Vancouver Art Gallery. It has a great collection of Emily Carr’s work, but it admission price can be steep. One way around this is to either time your visit to coincide with one of the gallery’s Fuse parties, which are a fun way to view art, or with its Tuesday night donation entrance. It also has many artworks on display outside the museum. You can read about these works of art from the gallery's web site or take a walking tour of the area. One free MP3 self-guided tour is from Geogad.
The Vancouver Art Gallery is housed in a splendid old building on Georgia Street across from the Hotel Georgia. It hosts a number of famous exhibits and maintains very interesting permanent exhibits. The works of Canadian painter Emily Carr are housed here.
If you head down Robson Street (close to Granville), you'll find the Vancouver Art Gallery. It's a really nice facility, and you'll see many amazing works of art inside.
This small art museum is mostly dedicated to local artist but also hosts travelling exhibitions of Masterworks. While I was there they were hosting pieces from the Rijksmuseum.
Every April 20th , all connaisseurs join together in front of the Vancouver Arts Building on April 20 (4-20) and do their thing at exactly 4:20 PM .
here are some pics