The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents A Model in the Studio, Montreal 1880 – 1950; new acquisitions. Often censured and scorned in this country, live model representation usually is seen in terms of apprenticeship, or something somewhat predetermined. Works from the Academy and artist studios differ, however, with the model often revealing shamelessly by the deeply conservative standards of the day. Most of the works selected for the exhibition have never before been shown or are new acquisitions. They demonstrate the impact of a creative and training process that was once the foundation of all representations of the human body. From the quick sketch to the complete drawing, something of the artist’s personality is revealed in the lines of the models depicted. Featured here are many graphic artworks, as well as a few pochades and sculptures that were executed in the late 19th century and mid-20th century. Until May 5, 2019.
Also presented at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Thierry Mugler: Couturissime, the very first exhibition devoted to the work of the French creator. Premiering in Montréal, this retrospective brings together more than 140 accessorized garments, most of which are being shown for the first time, as well as a wealth of unpublished archival documents and sketches and one hundred or so photographs by renowned fashion photographers. The exhibition traces the career of a couturier who has shaken the world of fashion, from power dressing to stage costumes, with glamourous materials and a theatrical and sculptural vision. It dives into Thierry Mugler’s unique imagination, evoking in turn Hollywood-like perfectionism and prestige, fantasy, fauna, eroticism and science fiction. It explains his audacious choices, such as the use of innovative materials like metal, fake fur, vinyl and latex. Until September 8, 2019.
Presented at the MMFA in conjunction with Thierry Mugler: Couturissime, the exhibition Montreal Couture pays tribute to the talent of 10 local creators and collectives. Montreal Couture is the first exhibition to bring together the creations of three Quebec fashion icons: Marie Saint Pierre, with her precise, timeless cuts that marry style and function; Philippe Dubuc, whose debut collection reinvented menswear; and Denis Gagnon, who swept the fashion scene with his irreverent style and haute couture approach. It is also an opportunity to discover the futuristic universe of creator Ying Gao. Emerging creators are also featured: Atelier New Regime, Nathon Kong, MARKANTOINE, Helmer Joseph, Marie-Ève Lecavalier and the Fecal Matter duo. Until September 8, 2019.
With Alanis Obomsawin, Printmaker, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts unveils for the first time a selection of remarkable and emotive prints by Alanis Obomsawin, renowned filmmaker, writer, singer and artist. Working primarily in engraving and etching, the artist deals with the experience, memories and myths of her nation, the Waban-Aki people. Along with a selection of about 25 prints, the exhibition will also include intricate and fascinating ash and sweet grass objects, baskets, hand-made by members of the Waban-Aki nation at Odanak. From May 21 to August 25, 2019.
The MMFA presents the first monographic exhibition in Canada devoted to the work of Omar Ba, one of the most important African artist of his generation. Ba paints mainly on cardboard with a mixture of various media. With a unique visual language that fuses the figurative and the abstract, the human and the animal, the symbolic and the literal, Ba’s practice engages with some of the most pressing geo-political and socio-economic issues of our time. During his passage at the MMFA, the artist will create a unique installation in situ. This exhibition will bring together the work from Ba’s most important series, underscoring his profound critique of violence and corruption as well as his celebration of the human spirit. From May 28 to November 3, 2019.
Participate in the 18th auction of the Économusée du fier monde! This year, 54 works of art of Québécois and Canadian artists will be put up for live auction and 12 works for silent auction, for the benefit of the Économusée. During the evening under the honorary chairmanship of Francine Grimaldi and hosted by Annie Reynaud, Winston McQuade will act as auctioneer. Cocktails at 5 pm. Auction at 7 pm. Catalogue online: economusée.qc.ca. Ticket: $50. 514-528-8444. Exhibition: April 24 to May 5, 2019, free entry.