Audain Art Museum

The Audain Art Museum is Whistler's newest cultural hot spot. Located by the Village, this iconic building houses a permanent collection of artworks from British Columbia, and hosts exhibitions from leading museums around the world.

Permanent Collection

The Museum contains a permanent collection of the art of British Columbia including an outstanding collection of nineteenth century Northwest Coast masks, one of Canada’s strongest Emily Carr collections, a selection of Vancouver’s celebrated photo-based art plus a gallery devoted to West Coast artist Edward J. Hughes.

The collection includes The Crazy Stair, a painting by Emily Carr which recently sold at auction for a record breaking $3.3 million. This price was the highest ever paid for an Emily Carr at auction, the highest for a work by a Canadian woman artist and the fourth most expensive work at an art auction in Canada.

In addition to the works from British Columbia the Museum displays up to three temporary exhibitions a year from leading museums around the world, creating an ever-changing display to delight locals and visitors alike.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Beau Dick: Revolutionary Spirit

Date: March 30 – June 11, 2018
Description: The retrospective project, Beau Dick: Revolutionary Spirit, is a critically important art historical project for the Audain Art Museum to undertake and honours the legacy of this remarkable artist. The retrospective will provide insight into the complexities of traditional and contemporary Indigenous approaches to the creation of art on the West Coast. Beau Dick was an artist who was deeply rooted in the traditions of his Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation. He also challenges those traditions in order to create a distinctive artistic and cultural voice for himself within and outside of his Nation.

Pop Art Prints

Date: June 30 – September 17, 2018
Description: Pop art emerged in stark contrast to the emotional intensity of abstract expressionism, then the reigning movement in contemporary art. Pop art’s banal subject matter and commercial references startled viewers. Pizza? A comic book frame? A movie star? Pin-up girls? Art lovers had always assumed that high art and popular culture were oppositional concepts—until Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and others of their generation challenged prevailing assumptions about what fine art should be. This exhibition features 37 works drawn from the Smithsonian American Art Museum collection augmented with a suite of “Marilyn” prints by Warhol from the Vancouver Art Gallery collection.

Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection

Date: October 6, 2018 – January 7, 2019
Description: A selection of outstanding contemporary art by Indigenous Australian and Torres Strait Islander artists. Since the 1960s, artists from these communities have spearheaded a renaissance in the world’s oldest continuous artistic tradition, innovating within the idioms of visual languages that have developed over the course of millennia. While these dazzling paintings and beguiling sculptures often share formal characteristics with Western modern art, they represent conscientious efforts on the part of Aboriginal artists to share their culture with outsiders. Ancestral Modern will offer an opportunity for many Museum visitors to experience this extraordinary work for the first time. It includes innovators like Rover Thomas and Emily Kam Kngwarreye, who adapted materials and motifs traditionally used in ground painting, body painting, or the preparation of ritual objects in their works on canvas.

Emily Carr in France

Date: May 11, 2019 – September 2, 2019
Description: This exhibit is anchored by the Museum’s recent acquisition, Le Paysage, and will examine, through the lens of Emily Carr’s artwork created in 1911 and 1912, elements of domesticity depicted within a modern and changing world. This exhibition will question, explore and determine the prejudices, inequities and biases between male and female artists through exhibition, sales and collecting practices of the period in which Carr travelled to France to enhance her knowledge of contemporary artistic practices and approaches to painting. Exploring this system will provide a framework in which to consider the evolution of Carr as a visual artist and author.

When to Visit

Weekdays Hours Weekends Hours
Monday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday Closed Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM    
Thursday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM    
Friday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM    

Admission

Adults: $18
Youth (18 and under): Free
Members: Free

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Where is the Audain Art Museum?

The Audain Art Museum is located at 4350 Blackcomb Way Whistler. Parking is available in the day lots.


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The Whistler Cultural Pass provides access to the Audain Art Museum as well as the Squamish Lil' Wat Cultural Centre at a reduced price. Save 15% when you purchase tickets as a pass.

Please note that the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre is closed Mondays and the Audain Art Gallery is closed each Tuesday. Passes are not dated and can be used at any time.

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