Active for more than thirty years, Montréal artist Nelson Henricks has taken a double approach to his work. On the one hand, he has created immersive artworks in which the rhythmic pace of the editing of sound and images creates a unique musical dynamic. On the other hand, he has developed a fascinating approach to the exploration of different subjects taken from the history of art and culture, including, most recently, the work of the American abstract painter Joan Mitchell (1925–92).

In this exhibition, Henricks presents two previously unseen works, produced specially for the occasion and premièring at the MAC.

Commissarié par: Mark Lanctôt

Don’t You Like the Green of A?


The first installation, Don’t You Like the Green of A?, is a surrealist interpretation of the correspondences between letters of the alphabet and colours specific to Mitchell’s synaesthesia – a condition in which certain stimuli provoke an additional perception and that Henricks happens to share with her. 

Heads Will Roll


The second work, Heads Will Roll, is a four-channel video installation that shows a series of actions executed by musicians and dancers, exploring the revolutionary potential of pop songs and experimental music.

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Lecture by Nelson Henricks

As part of his exhibition, the Musée presents a lecture by Nelson Henricks about the synaesthesia phenomenon , at the Canadian Centre for Architecture on March 30, at 6 p.m.

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Born in Bow Island, Alberta, 1963, Nelson Henricks has lived and worked in Montréal since 1991. Known mainly for his video works, he has developed a multidisciplinary approach (painting, sculpture, writing) to better explore how audiovisual data from different sources overlap with and influence each other. He has taught art history and video production at Concordia University. His work has been presented constantly in Canada and abroad since the early 1990s. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts of Montreal, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the National Gallery of Canada, and many corporate and private collections. He is represented by Paul Petro Contemporary Art, in Toronto.

Inspired by the exhibition NELSON HENRICKS currently on display, we have assembled a selection of books to add to your reading list! This tailor-made list offers reflections on some of the exhibition’s subjects, including synesthesia and Andy Warhol.

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Past events


As part of the exhibition Nelson Henricks, the MAC invites you to meet the curator Raquel Cruz Crespo and the multidisciplinary artist Claire Savoie, along with writer Maude Veilleux, who will each give a personal interpretation of Nelson Henricks’ work.

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Exhibition tour with Nelson Henricks and Mark Lanctôt

During the exhibition Nelson Henricks, the MAC invites you to attend an encounter with the artist and the curator, Mark Lanctôt, in the exhibition space at Place Ville-Marie.

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Lecture by Blake Gopnik

Warhol: A Queer Life and Its Queer Art

In connection with the screening Andy Warhol: SCREEN TESTS, the MAC presents a talk by critic Blake Gopnik on Wednesday, January 25, at 6 p.m. at the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

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Andy Warhol as seen by Nelson Henricks

at the Cinémathèque québécoise

To coincide with his exhibition at the MAC, artist Nelson Henricks has curated a three-part program of films by Andy Warhol that will be presented at the Cinémathèque québécoise on January 26, 27 and 28, 2023.

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Stuart Jackson: a concert of solo percussion works on November 30, 6 p.m.

During the exhibition Nelson Henricks, enjoy a one-of-a-kind multisensory experience in the form of a music, sound and video performance, in the space dedicated to the four-channel video installation Heads Will Roll, by Nelson Henricks.

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