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: 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.
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.
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.
Stone and Sky: Canada’s Mountain Landscape
November 11 – February 26, 2018
Come and experience a trans-continental journey that explores the richness, vitality and diversity of Canada’s alpine landscapes.
Through photographs, watercolours, drawings, paintings and prints, the exhibition highlights our Nation’s most celebrated artists, including Lawren Harris and members of the Group of Seven, Emily Carr, Toni Onley, Edward Burtynsky, Kenojuak Ashevak, John Hartman, Takao Tanabe and Ann Kipling. With over 100 works of art spanning 150 years of artistic production (1867 – 2017), this Canada 150 project by the Audain Art Museum explores how our artists have interacted with the monumentality and vastness of mountain vistas over time. Questioning and reflecting on humanity’s engagement with these icons of the Canadian psyche provides a unique opportunity in which to consider the idea of nationhood and how physical landmarks define us as a people.