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.
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.
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 comprised 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 complement 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.