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Gaspésie-Îles de la Madeleine Region

The Musée de la Gaspésie presents Raymond Jacobs – Gaspésie, 1954, an exhibition of 39 photographs presented exclusively at the Musée and never before shown in Canada. Seen through the eye of seminal New York photographer Raymond Jacobs, these landscapes, portraits, and scenes of life take us to the heart of the Gaspésie in the mid-1950s and possess both significant historical value and an unparalleled photographic aesthetic. Renowned for creating illuminating documentary photographs, Jacobs immortalizes both the hard work of Gaspé families and the area’s grandiose maritime landscape. From L’Anse-à-Valleau to Percé, the larger-than-life characters seemingly come alive through Jacobs’ photographs. Until October 4, 2020.


Hiver 2020

The Musée de la Gaspésie presents Raymond Jacobs…

J.-A., un super bon gars


Eastern Townships Region

The Museum of ingenuity J. Armand Bombardier proposes two new guided tours available year-round. Vehicle enthusiasts will enjoy Innovate and conquer, a 45 minutes guided visit of the reserve. They will discover how Joseph-Armand Bombardier and his team were able to develop vehicles that floated on snow, thus inventing a new winter pastime. Those who would like to know more about the man behind the inventor, the visit entitled J.-A., a really good guy is made for them as it sheds light on many sides of Joseph-Armand Bombardier, from the ecologist to the entrepreneur as well as the family patriarch. The Fab Lab Community temporary exhibition is another good reason to visit the Museum. Finally, on the 1st of February 2020, the Museum and the Yvonne L. Bombardier Cultural Centre unite to organise the not to be missed Winter Enthusiasts event which will propose free activities and entertainment all day long.


Hiver 2020

The Museum of ingenuity J. Armand Bombardier proposes…


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.


Fall 2019

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, will present…


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.


Summer 2019

At the National Gallery of Canada, see…


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


Summer 2019

The Baie-Saint-Paul Museum of Contemporary Art is…


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.


Summer 2019

Maison et jardins Antoine-Lacombe is holding an exhibition…


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.


Summer 2019

The Bruck Museum presents…


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.


Summer 2019

Following its tremendous success in Australia…


If you find yourself in Boston this winter and fancy the art of the renaissance you may want to consider catching Botticelli: Heroines and Heroes at the Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum, February 14, 2019 to May 19, 2019. It will be, for one thing, probably the only time, unless you visit Italy, that you will have a chance to see Botticelli’s Story of Virginia, on loan from Italy for the first time and appearing only in Boston.

Botticelli: Heroines and Heroes consists of eight monumental works painted by Botticelli circa 1500 demonstrate the artist’s extraordinary talents as a master storyteller. Botticelli was more than adept at reinventing ancient Roman and early Christian heroines and heroes as renaissance role models transforming their stories of lust, betrayal and vi0lence into parables for a more secular time.

Thanks to loans from the British National Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the exhibition has also reunited three out of the four panels telling the tale of the early Christian saint, Zenobius.

Winter 2019

If you find yourself in Boston this winter…


If you happen to find yourself in Vancouver sometime before March 17, 2019 and you have a burning desire to find out how certain pieces of art come to be in a museum and others do not, then you should find you way to the Vancouver Art Gallery where A Curator’s View Ian Thom Selects is in progress.

Ian Thom was the Senior Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery for 33 years and as such was responsible for the acquisition of hundreds of paintings. The audioguide for the exhibit allows Thom the time to explain the process behind the acquisition of paintings and artwork.

The exhibition consists of almost 90 works including paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures. The gallery contains the world’s most significant collection of work by Emily Carr and some of those paintings will be on display as well.

The exhibition features both historical and  contemporary  work  including examples of Pop, abstraction, landscape and portraiture. Local, national and international works of art are on display by artists like Henri Beau, Emily Carr, Robert Davidson, Gathie Falk, Leon Golub, David Hockney, Ann Kipling, Beatrice Lennie, David Milne, Paul Peel, George Segal, Graham Sutherland, Andy Warhol, John Vanderpant and Zacherie Vincent among others.

Winter 2019

If you happen to find yourself in Vancouver…


If you happen to be in Calgary and want to see the work of a rising Canadian art star and all around agent provacateur you could do no matter than catch the next installment of Kent Monkman’s alter ego Little Miss Chief Testickle.

The Glenbow Museum in Calgary is running Kent Monkman: The Rise and Fall of Civilization starting on February 3, 2019. The work in question is a room filling installation that shows Miss Chief Eagle Tetickle standing on top of a nine foot high replica of a rock-face buffalo jump as sculptural buffalo run through the gallery.

This show should be seen because come on, let’s face it. When was the last time you saw buffalo roaming through a museum. The buffalo jump stands for the sustainable approach to living practised by the First Nations which is implicitly compared to the slaughter of the buffalo as an act of genocide against the indigenous inhabitants, depriving them of the means to feed themselves to open up the land to settlers. Monkman is a painter, performance artist and film maker whose works have appeared in numerous international venues and has been collected by major museum across Canada.

Winter 2019

If you happen to be in Calgary and want to…


A new take on Impressionism is taking to the exhibition halls as the Art Gallery of Ontario presents Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet Pissarro and More from February 16, 2019 to May 5, 2019.

Developed and mounted by the AGO, the show is the first retrospective to look at the work of some of the world’s greatest Impressionist  and Post-Impressionist painters through the lens of labour and industry. Impressionism is usually associated with leisure activities and this is the first time that the movement is seen as also celebrating the changes that were taking place in Paris as the city went through industrialization and its painters celebrated the dawn of a new era.

The exhibition showcases more than a hundred  works  including  paintings, sculptures, drawings prints, photographs and films from the era. The show begins circa 1870 and ends with the turn of the century. Art work for the exhibition has been sourced f rom around the globe including key works by Monet from the Musee d’Orsay and the Art Institute of Chicago. Works on display include Camille Pissarro’s Pont Boieldieu in Rouen, Damp Weather, Claude Monet’s Charring Cross Bridge, Fog, Edgar Degas’ Woman at her Bath, and James Tissot’s The Shop Girl.

Winter 2019

A new take on Impressionism is taking to…


Paul Klee enthusiasts should take note because Paul Klee: The Berggruen Collection from the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be running at the National Gallery from November 16, 2018 to March 17, 2019.

It is the first Canadian show dedicated to Klee in nearly forty years. The exhibition is made up of 75 drawings, watercolours and oils and range from his student days in the 1890s to his death in 1940.

Klee is now one of the world’s most popular artists. Although he was often associated with Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism and Abstraction his works are difficult to classify because he largely worked in isolation, putting his own stamp  on  each  idea  that  he  became interested in.

He worked in a variety of mediums. Along with his drawings, watercolours and paintings he also worked in ink, pastel, etching and more. Often he combined media. The materials he used included canvas, burlap, linen, gauze, cardboard, metal foils, fabric, wallpaper and newsprint. Klee was a mixed media king combining oil and watercolour, watercolour with pen and India ink and oil with tempera. He also used  spray  paint,  knife  application, stamping, glazing and impasto.

He often felt challenged by colour and spent long periods studying it until he became a master colourist.

Winter 2019

Paul Klee enthusiasts should take note because…


It may be a little late to mention this one, but if you can you really should visit the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art and see Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto which sadly only runs until January 20, 2019. I say sadly because Manifesto appears to be everything that modern art can and should be. It is  bold, it blurs lines and it has a lot to say. The exhibition is somewhere between the lines made up of film, performance and installation art.

It questions the nature of art and it deals with modern alienation. But most of all it questions. In form the show is made up of 13 channel immersive video installa- tion and features Australian actress Cate Blanchett playing a variety of roles ranging f rom  school  teacher,  factory  worker, homeless man, puppeteer and scientist, among others.

The monologues Blanchett performs, indeed, all the spoken words come from various artists’ manifestos written over the last 150 years. Manifesto draws on manifestos written by Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus, Suprematists, Situationists and Dogme 95. The words of Claes Oldenberg, Yvonne Rainer, Kazimir Malevitch, Andre Breton, Elaine Sturtevant and Jim Jarmusch are also used.

While Manifesto has toured around the world this is only the second time it can be seen in North America.

Winter 2019

It may be a little late to mention this one…


If you happen to find yourself in London this Fall and if you have a romantic inclination you could do no better than going to the Tate Britain to attend the Edward Burne-Jones exhibition running from 24 October until 24 February 2019. Made up of more than 150 works including stained glass and tapestry, many designed for his friend and fellow social reformer William Morris, as well as portraits, gifts he made for family and friends, and a piano painted inside and out with scenes from the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, the centrepiece will be some of his most ambitious projects, the Briar Rose and Perseus cycles of paintings.

The Briar Rose paintings – each almost 3 metres long, illustrating the fairytale with the artist’s daughter, Margaret, as Sleeping Beauty – are still in the house for which they were bought in 1890. For the first time they are being loaned with the decorative panels Burne-Jones created to link the paintings on the walls of the Georgian saloon.

The client for the Perseus cycle had a harder time: the 26-year-old MP and future prime minister Arthur Balfour was required to block up windows and change doors to make room for a 10-painting telling of the Greek hero Perseus’s rescue of Andromeda. This exhibition marks the first time that the two cycles of paintings will be exhibited together.

Burne-Jones was a charter member of the Pre-Raphaelites a society determined to restore what they saw as the best art. Although  Burne-Jones’s dreamy-eyed maidens and muscular heroes in melancholy romantic settings became some of the best-loved paintings in British art and influenced generations of artists including Pablo Picasso, this will be the first large exhibition in London in decades and the first at the Tate since 1933, the centenary of his birth. Many loans are from private  collectors, including the Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.


Fall 2018

If you happen to find yourself in London…


Going from the sublime to the tragic it may be time, as the world seems in danger of facing a major conflict, to revisit what war actually means and in that case the Art Gallery of Ontario is the place to be as they are hosting a mammoth exhibition, Photography: The First World War-1914-1918. The AGO holds 500 photographic albums depicting the First World War from all sides and because of the amount of material available divided it up in two like this. Part I: April 28 – October 28, 2018. Part II: November 10, 2018 – April 14, 2019.

Adjacent to the main display, the McEwen Gallery will showcase works by Australian war photographer James Francis “Frank” Hurley (1885–1962), who was on official assignment throughout World War I. His album Australian Units on the Western Front (1916–1918) presents a series of compelling photographs, each offering views of different aspects of life on the Front. Soldiers, in action and at ease, are pictured, as well as the grimmer realities of war: casualties, scorched landscapes, and destroyed  architecture.  The  album — disassembled for the exhibition — highlights Hurley’s skill as a photographer and features a rich breadth of imagery.


Fall 2018

Going from the sublime to the tragic it may be time…


The Vancouver Art gallery is running David Milne: Modern Painting from June 16 to September 16, 2018. Milne is one of those Canadian artists who deserves a higher profile because he is seldom known outside the cognoscenti and this is the travelling show that should do it.

The exhibition consists of almost 90 paintings and watercolours and traces the development of his unique style which originated in his work as a First World War battlefield artist where he developed a dry brush technique in watercolours because he had to work quickly. He would later use the compression techniques he developed as a war artist to his peacetime work in oils. Milne was one of the few Canadian artists who exhibited in the 1913 Armory Show in New York City.


Summer 2018

The Vancouver Art gallery is running David Milne: Modern Painting…


The Alberta Art Gallery is exhibiting the National Gallery’s travelling show James Wilson Morrice: The AK Prakish Collection in Trust to the Nation from July 21 to October 7, 2018.

Morrice was once described as the best North American painter on the international stage since the death of Whistler. In 1903 Morrice was the first Canadian artist to show at the Venice Biennale. Morrice lived from 1865 to 1924. In 1890 he moved to Paris to establish himself as a painter.

From Paris he would travel through France and eventually go to Morocco and the Caribbean in between returning home to Canada to paint. His work often portrayed the theatricality of modern life and one of his strengths was capturing atmospheric effects.

As a modernist Morrice compressed his subject matter as opposed to elaborating it but rather than adhere to any artistic dogma, he developed his own aesthetic. The exhibition consists of 49 paintings and watercolours. Prakash was a long time contributor to Magazin’art.


Summer 2018

The Alberta Art Gallery is exhibiting the National Gallery’s…


Drawing is certainly on display this summer. The Art Gallery of Ontario is running Kathe Kollwitz: Art And Life from April 7 to September 30, 2018. Unlike, say the National Gallery’s summer blockbuster, the Kollwitz exhibition is not going to allow you to walk away feeling uplifted. Instead you will probably be depressed because much of the subject matter Kollwitz deals with is tragic.

That being said, you will walk away with a new found appreciation of just how powerful finely executed drawings can be. Kollwitz lived in Berlin from 1867 to 1945 and devoted herself to advocating change by chronicling the lives of the poor and the effects of war. She worked primarily in drawing, woodcuts, etchings, lithographs and sculpture.

While the press release fails to mention how many works will be on display it does note that they will appear in five different museum galleries and that thanks to a donation of 170 Kollwitz pieces the AGO has the largest Kollwitz collection outside of Germany. If you like drawing this is a show for you because they are very powerful works.


Summer 2018

Drawing is certainly on display this summer…


At some point the keen eyed reader of this chronicle will note that Impressionism in all its glory appears to be taking the stage in museums across the land. The National Gallery is running Impressionist Treasures: The Ordrupgaard Collection from May 18 to September 9, 2018.

This really appears to be a great chance for an art lesson in the development of modern painting because it includes work from before Impressionism, Realism and the Barbizon School, Impressionism and Post-impressionism.

Some 76 painting will be in the show and it includes works by artists who are on what you might want to call painting’s honour roll, Corot, Monet, Sisley, Pissaro, Courbet, Manet, Matisse, Renoir, Morisot and Gaughin. It also offers the viewer the chance to see works by two painters of the Danish Golden Age, C.W. Eckersberg and Vilhelm Hammershoi. This show makes running up to Ottawa for a day worthwhile.


Summer 2018

At some point the keen eyed reader of this chronicle…


The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is running Masters II: From Parmigianino to Matisse from April 10, to August 12, 2018. The exhibition consists of 55 drawings executed between the 16th to 20th centuries and thy come from what the museum calls “Canada’s most important private collection.” Alongside the 55 drawings the museum will be showing an additional 20 other drawings donated to the museum by the anonymous collector.

Works on paper by François Boucher, Agostino and Annibale Carracci, Giovanni Bendetto, Castiglione, Gustave Courbet, Edgar Degas, Juan Gris, Katsushika Hokusai, Victor Hugo, Henri Matisse, Jean-François Millet, Amedeo Modigliani, Gustave Moreau, Berthe Morisot, Parmigianino, Camille Pisarro, Giorgi Vasari, James McNeil Whistler and Antoine Watteau will all be on display.

If you, like me, were surprised to see novelist Victor Hugo included in the list the work by Hugo is one of those black cut-out silhouettes the Victorians were fond of making. Curious, to say the least.

The subject matter ranges from the religious to the venal, from landscape to Japanese warriors and contains work in a variety of different schools including cubism and impressionism. If you like drawing or consider it the basis of art, this may very well be the show for you.


Summer 2018

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is running…

Diffusion culturelle de Lévis

Turns 40

40 Years in Art

The inescapable Galerie Louise-Carrier

Diffusion culturelle de Lévis celebrates 40 years of existence in 2018. For four decades the non-profit organization has been committed to the presentation of large scale art exhibitions at Galerie Louise- Carrier and to the staging of performing arts events at the L’Anglicane venue in Vieux-Lévis.

“Galerie Louise-Carrier was born in 1978 from the desire of local artists to provide an exhibition space for themselves,” recalls Claude Vallières, gallery coordinator for the last 28 years. “The Anglican community had put the buildings up for sale and the City of Lévis purchased them, intending to turn them into social housing units. This meant probable demolition of the church and of the rectory which now houses Galerie Louise-Carrier.

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L’Art de nos quarante ans presented from June 28 to September 2, 2018, a collective recalling the highlights of Galerie Louise-Carrier, 33 Wolfe Street, Lévis, 418 838 6001

Diffusion culturelle de Lévis celebrates 40 years of existence in 2018…


There is another blockbuster of sorts running at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art through to May 6, 2018, Napoleon – Art and Court Life in the Imperial Palace.

The exhibition contains more than 400 works of art and objects from Napoleon’s French palaces, the majority of which have never before been seen in North America. On exhibition are paintings, sculptures, furniture, silverware and porcelain, tapestries, silk hangings and the elaborate clothes worn at court.

The show is organized to reflect the six departments that made up the Imperial household and studies the way that Napoleon used the court as propaganda to cement his position as Emperor of France. The exhibition is designed to reveal how art can be used to serve power.

The exhibition includes a recreation of Napoleon’s throne room. Some of the highlights include the head boards for the Imperial bed, the Imperial throne from the palace of Monte Cavallo in Rome, the formal chairs, stools and tapestries from the throne rooms at the Tuileries and Saint Cloud as well as the monumental painting, The Dream of Ossian, commissioned in 1813 to serve as the bedroom ceiling in the Palace of Monte Cavallo by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.

The exhibition also includes the magnificent altarpiece commissioned for the marriage of Napoleon and the Archduchess Marie-Louise by goldsmith Henri Auguste which is being seen for the first time outside of France. If you like the trappings of power, this is the show for you.


Spring 2018

There is another blockbuster of sorts running at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art…


If you find yourself in Venice this summer you may want to drop by the Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi to take a look at Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, running until December 3rd, 2017. The exhibition operates on the conceit that the works on display were discovered in a 2000 year old wreck that Damien Hirst discovered on the floor of the Indian Ocean and raised at his own expense. According to a review published in The Guardian on April 16th, 2017 by Laura Cumming, the show is: “by turns marvellous and beautiful, prodigious, comic and monstrous.”

Hirst has filled his extravaganza with hundreds of pieces made from marble, gold, bronze, crystal, jade and malachite. Throughout the show are references to his past work and other artists work which raise questions about reality and myth and the worth of an art work.

Summer 2017

If you find yourself in Venice this summer you may want to drop by the Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi to take a look at Treasures…