The Contemporary Art Collection features critically relevant visual art in Canada, with emphasis on the emerging generation of artists and works that reflect contemporary life and the diversity of Canadian society. It is national in scope, representing vital artistic impulses, ideas and events of the current period and context and capturing key movements in the forefront of artistic practice.
Our contemporary holdings reflect curatorial research and programming, with a concentration of politically engaged art and works connected to the many facets of our regional context.
The Contemporary Art Collection intersects with the Indigenous Art Collection in the representation of contemporary First Nations, Métis and Inuit art.
Above: Jinny Yu, Don’t They Ever Stop Migrating? 2015, ink on fabric and sound. Purchase, the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grants program and the Donald Murray Shepherd Bequest Fund, 2016 (59-012).
Belmore, Rebecca Mister Luna, 2001
Williamson, Margaux At night I painted in the kitchen, 2014
Ibghy, Richard; Lemmens, Marilou Cannabis Use and Cognition in Schizophrenia (from the What We Know For Sure series), 2017-2018
Stankievech, Charles Monument as Ruin (Wreck), 2015
Bond, Eleanor VII. Later, Some Industrial Refugees Form Communal Settlements in a Logged Valley in B.C., 1987