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.

Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection

February 25 – May 22, 2017

Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection is an important international exhibition for the Audain Art Museum. It marks the institutions commitment to hosting the best in visual art for museum members and visitors to Whistler. The exhibition features 45 drawings by master draftsman Henri Matisse spanning nearly five decades along with nine lithographs by accomplished American painter and printmaker Ellsworth Kelly – the curator of Matisse Drawings.

Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection is organized by the American federation of Arts and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in collaboration with the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. This internationally travelling exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust and the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Additional support provide by the JFM Foundation and Mrs. Donald M. Cox. The exhibition is presented at the Audain Art Museum through the generous support of Concord Pacific and Summit Lodge-Whistler.

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Fred Herzog: Shadowlands

January 21 – May 22, 2017

The Audain Art Museum is proud to announce the first Special Exhibition of 2017. Opening on January 21, 2017, Fred Herzog: Shadowlands 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.

Fred Herzog: Shadowlands comprises of 18 distinctive photographs that have never before been assembled. Shadowlands offers insight into another world documented by Herzog, one in which light and dark are incorporated to compliment and narrate a unique moment in time. Dominated by the street scene thematic, insight is also given to the store-front and nighttime landscape as well as the self-portrait genres in order to reveal the complexity of composition Herzog often undertook and how shadow played such an important role in developing a comprehensive urban-social narrative.


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.

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Past Exhibitions

From Geisha to Diva: The Kimono of Ichimaru

October 22 – January 9, 2017

Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

The word geisha is made up of two characters, gei means “art” or “accomplished” and sha means “person”. Therefore it can be translated as “accomplished person” or “person who lives by the arts”. Geisha were professional entertainers and hostesses, who became an important part of traditional social life for men. They provided a beautiful and sensuous fantasy that all men desired. Their community came to be referred to as karyukai meaning “the flower and willow world”. Geishas were extensively trained in many of the traditional Japanese arts and their services were exclusively for the realm of wealthy men. It was because of these glamourous women that much of the richness of traditional art and entertainment came to survive in modern Japan. The geisha became Japan’s unparalleled conservators of traditional costume, music, song and dance. In the old days, the geisha were considered a valued possession of a city and a measure of its vitality.

In partnerships with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Collection and augmented with gifts from Ms. Yoshi Karasawa and Mrs. Suzuki this exhibition provides a glimpse into the lives of Geisha.

The Audain Art Museum gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

Intersections: Contemporary Artist Films

October 29 – February 6, 2017

Intersections, brings together some of the most talented internationally acclaimed artists.

Curated by Darrin Martens, Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chief Curator, this film exhibition is framed as a series of visual and experiential intersections – a place and/or space where two or more lines of inquiry converge or cross. By transforming the traditional white cube exhibition spaces into a series of film/video rooms the Audain Art Museum will provide its visitors with a different way in which to explore and experience experimental and contemporary films and videos by some of Canada’s most engaging visual artists and artists of international stature from around the globe – a sub-focus of the exhibition will be work from Canadian First Nations, China and Mexico that explore aspects of indigeneity, diaspora and life along the Pacific Rim. The over-arching narrative of the exhibition will explore ideas related intersecting – of time, space, place and larger global social narratives related to the environment and the migration of peoples and ideas.

The Audain Art Museum gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors: