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A personal encounter with the artists and artistic movements that have defined the development of abstraction since the 1940s in Québec and across Canada: that’s what is in store for visitors to the exhibition A Matter of Abstraction, on view at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal starting April 12, 2012. Following a chronological and thematic approach, the exhibition showcases key works from the museum’s Permanent Collection, which today form a priceless public heritage. The presentation of A Matter of Abstraction was made possible by a substantial grant from Québec’s Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine under its program of support for permanent exhibitions.
Né en Californie, Christian Marclay vit aujourd’hui à Londres et à New York. Depuis sa création, son œuvre The Clock a suscité l’enthousiasme partout où elle a été présentée. Il s’agit d’un collage vidéographique composé de milliers d’extraits de films dans lesquels les répliques des personnages ainsi que divers plans de montres et d’horloges font allusion au temps. Peu importe le moment où le spectateur regarde l’œuvre, l’heure indiquée dans les extraits correspond à l’heure réelle. D’une durée de 24 heures, The Clock agit donc elle-même comme une montre et suscite une réflexion sur le passage du temps.
To mark its fiftieth anniversary, the Musée wishes to pay tribute to the indispensable contribution made by donors in building the Collection, with an exhibition that brings together several hundred works offered as gifts over the years. The show will provide an overview of the history of the Musée Collection and its development, and offer visitors a chance to see works by artists who have influenced contemporary art over the past half-century.
This exhibition, planned to accompany the presentation of The Clock (Christian Markley), highlights works by Québec artists who approach the notion of collage through different disciplines: painting, sculpture, photography, sound art and participatory art. Sometimes poetic, sometimes humorous or even political, the works each display certain characteristics of collage—for example, by incorporating existing images drawn from our consumer society.
Albanian-born artist Adrian Paci, currently based in Milan, enjoys a growing international reputation. This exhibition, co-produced with the Jeu de Paume gallery in Paris, comprises paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs and videos that investigate socio-political issues such as collective history and personal identity under conditions of migration.
Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture describes a generation of artists who juxtapose urban culture with Aboriginal identity to create innovative and unexpected new works that reflect the realities of Aboriginal peoples today. Organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and based on an initiative of grunt gallery, Vancouver, Beat Nation features painting, sculpture, installation, performance and video.
During its Montréal run, the Musée d’art contemporain will schedule performances and other special activities organized in collaboration with Aboriginal artists.
Tuesday to Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Nocturnes: the first Friday evening of the month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Open on Statutory Mondays.
:: Closed December 25 and January 1.
Free admission on Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
185 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Montréal