The Redpath Museum at McGill University is hosting an international symposium on the critical threat to biodiversity: September 21st and 22nd 2019.
The committee invited Montréal sculptor Susan Stromberg to create a piece representing an endangered amphibian that would be featured at this conference. Other related sculptures she has created during her research will be part of a silent auction held to financially assist the scientists and the students involved during the conference.
Her study of endangered amphibians, specifically frogs, began a new theme in Stromberg’s repertoire and dramatically expanded her concern for the planet.
While the frog was being created, it looked just like a frog, so Stromberg adapted it to look more symbolic and more ‘artistic’ by putting an opening through the abdomen in the shape of a frog on each side and inserting a rare piece of Steuben crystal.
By lighting up the interior of her sculpted frog, Stromberg represented the importance of protection and ongoing reproduction of the species in the chain of life to prevent their extinction from our planet. And… therefore hopefully titled the creation: “Enlightenment”.
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The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, will present the exhibition Mark Bradford: End Papers. This exhibition focuses upon the key material and fundamental motif the renowned artist employed early in his career and has returned to periodically over the past two decades.
The pivotal works in this exhibition are primarily constructed from end papers, which Mark Bradford learned to use as a hairdresser in his mother’s beauty salon in South Central Los Angeles. These small sheets of translucent paper protect hair from overheating in the process of using curlers to create permanent waves. Part painting and part collage, the colored End Papers works feature grids that contain various hues that pulsate across the surface. Bradford said recently, “I learned my own way of constructing paintings through the End Papers – how to create space, how to use color. And how to provide a new kind of content. They were the beginning for me.”
Bradford’s End Paper works not only allowed him to make beautiful abstract paintings but inspired the artist’s use of “social papers” that related to his biography and his neighborhood. From the End Papers, Bradford began using merchant’s posters, broadsides, and even billboards he found in downtown Los Angeles to make his paintings.
The exhibition will include approximately 35 major End Paper works drawn from private and public collections and new work created by the artist for this presentation. A full-color catalogue will document the exhibition and will include an essay by curator Michael Auping and an interview with the artist. From March 8 to August 9, 2020.
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The MAC and MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image unite to present Children’s Games by Francis Alÿs. World-renowned for his body of work at the crossroads of the political and poetic, Belgian artist Francis Alÿs is interested in everyday gestures and the political and symbolic potential that they contain. Comprising nearly twenty videos, this project shows how children turn simple, ordinary things – coins, stones, plastic bottles and so on – into the raw material for unlikely and fantastical universes. Through the sparkling imagination of children, Alÿs presents an intimate yet political view of the universal and unifying nature of games. From September 4, 2019 to January 5, 2020.
Painting takes centre stage at the MAC this fall with a major survey of the last decade of work by Montréal painter Janet Werner. Visitors will have an opportunity to gauge the scope of Werner’s practice; since the 1990’s she has developed a unique genre of fictional portraits featuring invented subjects. References to pop culture, humour, and the carnivalesque mingle with an aura of strangeness in Werner’s works as she explores different portrait styles. A major figure in Canadian painting who has played a prominent role in updating the portrait genre, Werner blurs the lines between abstraction and realism, between real and imaginary, to the spectator’s delight. From October 31, 2019 to January 5, 2020.
Revisiting the MAC Rotunda in an original and disruptive way in a new series of inkjet prints, Gisele Amantea combines photographic documentation of this iconic space of the Museum with drawings inspired by Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s mid-eighteenth-century etchings. Her stated intent is a personal critique of the museum and a musing both on its power dynamics and on the position she has in relation to it as an artist. Exhibiting these prints in the Rotunda, the MAC playfully participates in a critique of its own institution at a moment of anticipation before the transformation project begins, in which the Rotunda is slated to disappear. From October 9, 2019 to January 15, 2020.
Also at the MAC, in Je vois ce que tu regardes, works by artists Luis Jacob (Toronto) and Serge Tousignant (Montréal) are brought together in an unprecedented pairing that shows how a field of artistic research – in this case, the spectator’s experience – can be conveyed in different ways. Jacob offers visitors a series of images, his Album X, in which the heterogeneity of subjects and absence of descriptive legends creates a context in which spectators are free to reconstruct linkages and unusual relationships. The effect of Tousignant’s polychrome sculptures formed of colourful shapes is to engage in a more direct relationship with spectators by acting directly on their experience of the space. From October 31, 2019 to January 5, 2020.
Alain Paiement : Bleu de bleu – The result of research developed over a four-year period, Bleu de bleu frames a small concrete-and-asphalt stretch along Highway 20, between Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and downtown Montréal. In this exhibition, the MAC presents the work as it has been integrated into the Musée collection: an installation made up of thirty-two videographic, photographic and sculptural elements, whose conceptual nature is intrinsically linked to its monumental, eponymous in situ placement. The work at the museum remains an experience of time and space, but one revealed through layers of data: it comprises a near-inextricable labyrinthine series of documents and images, of plans, drawings, surveys and projections. From October 31, 2019 to January 5, 2020.
Organized by guest curator Mehdi Brit and MAC curator Mark Lanctôt, EMERGE is an event dedicated to contemporary performance that brings together ten of the most important Canadian and European artists in the discipline. The most complete gathering of performance art ever mounted at the MAC, EMERGE will offer a stimulating encounter among theatre, visual arts, and body art, highlighting the pluridisciplinary nature of the most tantalizing current practices. A series of panels and lectures will accompany the event to complement the program of works presented. From November 19 to 24, 2019.
Fashion is featured at the McCord Museum with the Jean-Claude Poitras: Fashion and Inspiration exhibition which explores the sources of inspiration and the creative work of Montreal designer Jean-Claude Poitras, who left his mark on prêt-à-porter in Montréal, Québec and the rest of Canada over the course of a prolific career. The exhibition sheds light on the creative world of the designer and his sources of inspiration via archival material, multimedia displays and objects, as well as pieces of clothing that have marked and still mark local fashion. From his youth, the Montréal designer has been fascinated with textures, the movement of fabrics, their nature and their colour. This tactile and visual attraction for materials will become the main thread of his professional life. The Jean-Claude Poitras – Mode et inspirations exhibition reveals the designer’s personality via his three major sources of inspiration: family and religion, muses and film, and travel. From October 24, 2019, to April 26, 2020.
The Incas, Treasures of Peru at Pointe-à-Callière – In order to penetrate the secrets of the Inca civilization, its origins and its heritage, and highlight the great refinement of its artistic creations, this Pointe-à-Callière exhibition invites you to explore the captivating world of the Incas and Andean culture – mainly that of Peru – from prehistory to the contemporary era, and discover the splendors of the Incas who were at once the heirs and bequeathers of some of the most fertile customs and exquisite craftsmanship in the world. Trek through the Andean mountains and valleys and admire the remarkable flora and fauna of this exceptional place. Learn about the rites and many skills in agriculture, ceramics, metallurgy, sculpture and weaving of different pre-Inca civilizations that all had a major influence on Inca culture. Then, at the heart of the exhibition, discover the splendour of the Incas, their social organization, and their incredible artistic achievements. From November 27, 2019 to April 13, 2020.
The Viatour-Berthiaume exhibition Sculpter les mots : une rétrospective will be presented at the “Union des écrivaines et écrivains du Québec” and will also be part of the “Festival international de la littérature” from September 19 to December 5, 2019. Between 2008 and 2018, Marie-Annick Viatour and Gaétan Berthiaume successively immerse themselves into the worlds of Michel Tremblay, Fred Pellerin, Kim Thúy and Boucar Diouf and create four corpuses of unique polychrome wood works, resulting in exhibitions that will tour Québec. The UNEQ and FIL invite you to discover the works of Viatour-Berthiaume that blend beauty, ingenuity and playfulness, selected from the 60 unique creations that were inspired by Québécois authors. The short films entitled Sous l’écorce des mots featuring Kim Thúy and Quand Boucar Diouf s’intègre au bois… (FIFA 2019) will be shown throughout the exhibition’s duration. At Maison des écrivains, 3492 Laval Avenue, Montréal, 514 849-8540. From September 19 to December 5, 2019.
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At the National Gallery of Canada, see the world’s first-ever exhibition devoted to Paul Gauguin’s portraiture. Through imaginative self-portraits, as well as his unconventional depictions of friends, family, and women in France and Polynesia, the exhibition showcases Gauguin’s extraordinary creativity in the field of portraiture. Featuring paintings, works on paper and sculptures, Gauguin: Portraits brings together a unique and unforgettable selection of works from public and private collections around the world. Until September 8, 2019.
The National Gallery of Canada also presents Multitude, Solitude: The Photographs of Dave Heath. Explore the compelling work of one of the finest street photographers of his generation. Whether picking out a single face in a crowd or framing close-up portraits of quiet despair, Dave Heath (1931–2016) had an instinctive ability to capture the soul behind the public persona. Exploring Heath’s artistic trajectory from teenage prodigy to influential photographer, Multitude, Solitude celebrates work that reflects the loneliness and alienation of modern life. Until September 2, 2019.
Explore the emergence of the cult of Nietzsche through an iconic sculpture by Max Klinger, which is part of the National Gallery of Canada collection. The exhibition Masterpiece in Focus. Friedrich Nietzsche and the Artists of the New Weimar explores the impact of one of the most influential thinkers of his time on the artistic and cultural world of Weimar Germany in the late 19th century. The bronze sculpture of the celebrated philosopher by Max Klinger is the central work in this new exhibition which also features a variety of works from other artists. Until August 25, 2019.
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The works of artist Lisette Lacombe-Gill will be exhibited in the library of the Maison du Citoyen, 25 Laurier Street in Gatineau Hull, from July 28 to September 6, 2019. Opening hours are: Monday to Thursday, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Friday to Sunday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
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The Baie-Saint-Paul Museum of Contemporary Art is holding an exhibition entitled Le mur des rapaces, volet 3, from artist René Derouin. In this exhibition, Derouin revisits his continent and takes a fresh look at the world that surrounds him. The exhibition introduces a contemporary issue and denounces our overconsuming society. The key component of the exhibition, Le mur de rapaces, created in 2017, stretches over almost 11 metres and focuses on four main subjects: the train, raptors, migration and the wall. Until November 3, 2019.
Also under way at the BSPMC, Quand la lumière s’éteint elle revient en noir exhibits the works of Jacques Hurtubise created between 1962 and 1986, which demonstrate how much Hurtubise’s style transformed itself over three decades without ever losing its vigour. Until November 3, 2019.
The city of Baie-Saint-Paul will, again this year, be stormed by artists participating in the 37th Contemporary Art International Symposium, under the theme of Art, Architecture, Landscape & Environment. Artists will welcome visitors to their workshops, where they will be able to witness a variety of artistic practices, illustrating various facets of contemporary art. Thanks to a rich and varied program, which proposes conferences, films and closing performance, visitors will each day be able to live a unique experience. From July 26 to August 25, 2019. The complete Symposium program, including participating artists, is available on www.symposiumbsp.com.
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The Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures Cultural Association is organizing the FAITES DE L’ART arts festival, to be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 8:30 am to 9:00 pm. The festival offers the opportunity to bring together visual artists from all horizons to create works in the city’s parks and gardens. The artworks created during the day will then be exhibited in City Hall starting at 4:00 pm. Art steps down into the street and becomes accessible to all! FAITES DE L’ART is a visual arts festival (drawing, painting, photography, sculpture) opened to the population of Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures and to amateur and professional artists of the greater Québec City region. Artists are invited to create a personal work of art somewhere on City territory, to be completed in one day. For more information: culturestaugustin.com/faites-de-lart/.
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Chez Alfred Pellan gallery of Limoilou celebrated its third anniversary with the inauguration of a new artistic event: Alfred’s Rendezvous. These monthly get-togethers will be held on the 3rd Thursday of each month, fostering encounters and exchanges between artists and a public of all ages and backgrounds, which it is hoped will be memorable. Everyone is welcome. The Chez Alfred-Pellan art gallery, operated by the neighbourhood Artistic Cooperative, is located at 581, 3rd Avenue, in the borough of La Cité-Limoilou. It opened its doors on May 1st, 2016, in the very premises where internationally renowned artist Alfred Pellan discovered his passion for painting in the early 20th century. The group hopes that from these premises a number of other major talents will emerge. The location exhibits the works of both emerging and well-established visual artists.
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Maison et jardins Antoine-Lacombe is holding an exhibition entitled Métamorphose Mythologie-Cariatides de Ljubomir Ivankovic. Ljubomir Ivankovic comes from the tradition of European schools of Fine-Arts, hence his mastery of all plastic arts disciplines. Spanning forty-five years, his career has evolved in step with his artistic expression. He mostly choses to paint with oil. Inspired by everyday life, he paints the human body, portraits, landscapes and still life. With poetry and sensibility, the artist transforms reality in art with rigour and estheticism. In Métamorphose Mythologie-Cariatides, Ljubomir Ivankovic presents his highly colourful and moving interpretation of the caryatids, female figures of Greek architecture that have spanned through eras and artistic styles. Until June 23, 2019.
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The Bruck Museum presents PHOTO-SENSIBILITÉS, an exhibition grouping the works and installations of multidisciplinary artist Mariève Pelletier. The artist proposes here a series of works inspired by her research in the field of photography as well as her fascination with textiles. Her body of work raises questions surrounding the plastic functions of the photographic medium and its duality with painting. The importance of textile as part of her practice is evidenced through her photographs, her paintings and her embroideries. While stemming from scientific research, her production remains anchored in assumed femininity and an attraction towards kitsch glamour. Until July 16, 2019.
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The Saint-Faustin House of Arts welcomes artists’ participation in the 23rd Edition of their Annual Contest which will be held from August 24 to October 19, 2019, under the theme of State of mind. The contest is opened to all visual artists who can submit an original work in one, two or three of the following categories: Painting (oil, acrylic, watercolour, mixed techniques, drawing) – Digital Art (photography, painting, printing) and photography – Sculpture (bas-relief, high relief, rondebosse, glass). Artists’ portfolios must be submitted before July 19, 2019. For more details concerning required information, conditions to be respected and registration form: maisondesartssaint-faustin.ca/concours-annuel-2019/.
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Following its tremendous success in Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, the exhibition Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives will continue its world tour at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, making its North American premiere. The British Museum production reconstructs the lives of six individuals who lived along the Nile from about 900 BC to AD 180. Using an innovative approach combining art and cutting- edge technology, it paints a picture of who these people were. The Montreal presentation of Egyptian Mummies will reveal the many facets of these diverse individuals: a young man, two priestess singers, a priest, a little boy and a homemaker. Together with 3D digital images, interactive visual display units and more than 200 items from the British Museum’s renowned Egyptian collection, these encounters will offer a unique view of the way in which people lived and died in this period of history. September 14, 2019 to February 2, 2020.
At the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) – Facing the Monumental from Canadian artist Rebecca Belmore is the largest exhibition of her work to date and a major overview of the past 30 years. The rich body of work presented will include sculptures, installations, photography and videos, some of which are based on performances. One of Canada’s most celebrated and important contemporary artists, with boundless beauty, sensitivity and resilience, her work explores our problematic relationships with territory, women’s lives, historic events and ongoing violence against Indigenous peoples. June 20 to October 6, 2019.
MAC collection : Nadia Myre, Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau – In keeping with Rebecca Belmore’s exhibition, the MAC will present works from its collection and new acquisitions, including pieces by Nadia Myre, that express something profoundly human as they tackle topics of desire, loss, resilience and knowledge. Based on themes such as Indigenous identity, Meditations on Red, is a series of photographs depicting meticulous beadwork. The theme of performativity can be seen through a completely different lens in the work of Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau. Two installations: one a sculpture, The Face Stayed East The Mouth Went West, and the other a video installation, What Do Stones Smell Like in the Forest? will be positioned in mutual dialogue. Until August 4, 2019.
Focusing on the theme The Life of Things, the MAC and MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image unite to present Children’s Games, 1999-2018, by Francis Alÿs. The Children’s Games series is a collection of scenes of children at play around the world. Ongoing since 1999 and now comprising nearly twenty videos, this inventory of childhood activities shows how children turn simple, ordinary things – chairs, coins, sand, stones, plastic bottles – into the foundation of unlikely and fantastical universes. From September 4, 2019 to January 5, 2020.
The McCord museum invites the public on the Haida Gwaii Islands, off the northwest coast of Canada, with its last exhibition entitled Sding K’awXangs – Haida: Supernatural Stories. The exhibition, featuring a remarkable selection of rare historical Haida art objects from the Museum’s collections, reveals a slice of this people’s rich heritage. The Haida created a world of exceptional artistic expression, a world that enabled them to leave their mark on history, despite their virtual disappearance in the late 19th century. Most of the magnificent objects were collected by George Mercer Dawson, a Montrealer by adoption. The exhibition also features works by contemporary Haida artists. The exhibition sheds light on the different facets of the Haida culture, including the language of their art, the potlatch and spirituality, in parallel with the supernatural stories that inhabit and animate the objects. Until October 27, 2019.
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