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.