Current Exhibitions

The Audain Art Museum displays up to three special exhibitions a year, encompassing a variety of mediums, themes, artists and time periods. Special exhibitions produced either in-house or on loan from other institutions are intended to enrich the museum experience as well as generate new perspectives on the Permanent Collection. We invite you to explore our current exhibitions below.

Edward Burtynsky

Alberta Oil Sands #2

Edward Burtynsky: The Scarred Earth

June 10 – October 16, 2017

The Audain Art Museum is proud to announce the third Special Exhibition of 2017. Opening on June 10, 2017, Edward Burtynsky: The Scarred Earth is the next in a series of international calibre experiences for our members and visitors organized by the Audain Art Museum’s Darrin Martens, Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chief Curator.

Edward Burtynsky, as a documentary photographer, has chronicled humanity’s influence over the Earth’s surface over the past three decades. The Scarred Earth is an intimate look at how we, as a species, have altered our physical landscape through resource extraction.


Permanent Collection

The Audain Art Museum’s Permanent Collection of nearly 200 works of art is a visual journey through the history of art from coastal British Columbia. Spanning from the 18th century to present day, the Collection contains one of the world’s finest collections of Northwest Coast First Nations masks; a large collection of works by Emily Carr, encompassing all periods of her artistic career; as well as art by important post-war modernists such as E.J. Hughes, Gordon Smith and Jack Shadbolt. In addition to these historical works, the Collection showcases art by internationally renowned, contemporary British Columbia artists including Jeff Wall, Dana Claxton, Marianne Nicolson and Stan Douglas, among others. We invite you to explore the Collection online in all its diversity.

Takao Tanabe

Strait of Georgia 1/90: Raza Pass

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Upcoming Special Exhibitions

The Audain Art Museum hosts a number of exciting upcoming exhibitions each year. Dedicated to presenting a wide range of artists and artistic practices, the Audain Art Museum’s exhibitions include both historical and contemporary art. We produce our own exhibitions and showcase art from other institutions that complement our permanent collection. We invite you to explore our upcoming exhibitions below.

Jock Macdonald

The Black Tusk, Garibaldi Park, B.C.

Stone and Sky: Canada’s Mountain Landscape

November 11 – February 26, 2018

Lawren Harris and the Group of Seven shaped a vision of the landscape that remains synonymous with Canadian identity. Juxtaposing contemporary depictions of the natural landscape with historical perceptions, this exhibition brings together the work of iconic Canadian artists, including Lawren Harris, Emily Carr, W.P. Weston, Edward Burtynsky, John Hartman, N.E. Thing & Co.(IAIN BAXTER&), Gordon Smith and Kenojuak Ashevak.

In this survey exhibition spanning from Confederation in 1867 until present day, the mountain has remained omnipresent for artists from coast to coast. A reflection of their perception of Canada as a land of promise, wonder, stone and sky.

The exhibition investigates the emergence of ideas of nationalism, the relationship between nature and the growth of Canada’s urban environment, and expanding artistic subject matter throughout the country’s history