Montréal, August 4, 2010The fall season at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal will usher in a year of celebration of Canadian artists with a show of works by the finalists, from across the country, for the 2010 Sobey Art Award and by the four other Québec semifinalists for the prize. Also on the program is a survey of the work of Canadian artist Jon Pylypchuk. Then, in November, the Musée will launch two exhibitions put together by two guest curators for its Point of View on the Collection series and, as part of the Projections series, a new program spotlighting major international video collections that will open with a selection of works from the Centre Georges-Pompidou collection. A program of symposiums and lectures, offered in association with UQAM, Concordia University and the Centre Pompidou, is also scheduled, along with SéminArts, a new series of five gatherings devoted to contemporary art collecting, presented in cooperation with the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation. The Friday Nocturnes will resume in September with the group Parlovr. Finally, our free Wednesday evenings, from 5 to 9 p.m., are sponsored this year by the DeSerres stores.


Sobey Art Award 2010

October 8, 2010 to January 2, 2011

Created by the Sobey Art Foundation, the Sobey Art Award is Canada’s pre-eminent award for contemporary Canadian art. It is given annually to an artist under forty, chosen from some one hundred candidates nominated by a curatorial panel. The exhibition, organized by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and presented this year in Montréal at the Musée d’art contemporain, will showcase the five shortlisted artists: Brendan Lee Satish Tang, representing the West Coast and Yukon; Daniel Barrow, Prairies and The North; Brendan Fernandes, Ontario; Patrick Bernatchez, Québec; and Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby, Atlantic region. The winner of the 2010 award will be announced at a gala this coming November 18.

BGL/Pascal Grandmaison/Adad Hannah/Karen Tam

October 8, 2010 to January 2, 2011

In addition to Patrick Bernatchez, the artists BGL, Pascal Grandmaison, Adad Hannah and Karen Tam were nominated to represent Québec for this year’s Sobey Award. This exhibition offers some of their recent works selected by Lesley Johnstone, curator at the Musée and member of the Curatorial Panel for the 2010 Sobey Art Award.

Jon Pylypchuk

October 8, 2010 to January 2, 2011

Born in Winnipeg in 1972, Jon Pylypchuk studied at the University of Manitoba School of Art where, together with a collective of artists including Marcel Dzama, he co-founded the Royal Art Lodge in 1996. Two years later, he headed off to Los Angeles, where he is currently based. This survey presents work (mainly from 2006 to 2009) by the multidisciplinary artist, who is equally at home in painting, sculpture, installation and video. It includes The War, a remarkable installation featuring a series of masks playing with various facets of bestiary and its anthropomorphic resonance, and probing the relationship between humanity, the animal kingdom and technology.

Point of View on the Collection
Blue and Acts of Presence

November 4, 2010 to March 27, 2011

Point of View on the Collection, inaugurated in 2009, is a series of thematic exhibitions arising out of the Musée Collection. For the second and third instalments in the series, the museum has called upon a young curator, Marie-Ève Beaupré, and an artist, Manon De Pauw, who each take a personal look at the Collection. Beaupré has focused on artists who explore the colour blue from a perceptual, poetic, cultural or social perspective, while De Pauw highlights the notions of gesture, manipulation, stance and action.

Multimedia Events

Projections Series
Major Video Collections

October 20, 2010 to January 2, 2011

The Projections series is introducing a new program dedicated to the major collections of video art around the world in order to pay tribute to this medium that, since the 1960s and 1970s, has become one of the leading trends in contemporary art. The series will open with a presentation of four outstanding works from the New Media Collection of the Musée national d’art moderne/Centre Pompidou, Paris: My Sneakers, 2001, by Michael Blum; Théâtre de poche, 2008, by Aurélien Froment; Albanian Stories, 1997, by Adrian Paci; and Floating Memory, 2001, by Liu Wei.

Symposiums, Lectures and Seminars

In conjunction with the symposium État de la recherche “Femmes: théorie et création” dans la francophonie, the Musée is proud to join with UQAM’s Institut de recherches et d’études féministes (IREF) in presenting a lecture by artist Ghada Amer, who was born in Cairo and now works in New York. The talk will be given in French on September 30, 2010 at 6 p.m.

A meeting with artist Jon Pylypchuk will take place just before the opening of his exhibition, on October 8, 2010 at 5 p.m. In English.

The Musée is pleased to host the event Literatures and Public Spaces, a symposium organized by the research group PLEPUC (Présences du littéraire dans l’espace public au Canada), based at Concordia University, in collaboration with UQAM’s Figura – le Centre de recherche sur le texte et l’imaginaire, on October 15 and 16, 2010. Information: 514 848-2424, ext. 7572.

To kick off the series dedicated to major video collections, Christine Van Assche, Chief Curator and Curator of New Media at the Centre Pompidou, will give a talk on the issues involved in building a collection of audio and video works and multimedia installations, on October 20, 2010 at 6 p.m. In French.

Finally, in cooperation with the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation, the Musée will be offering a brand-new series of gatherings called SéminArts, starting in October, devoted to contemporary art collecting. At each of the five sessions, participants will have a chance to meet various players in the art world (artist, collector, dealer, curator, etc). Cost: $175 /session. Information and registration: 514 847-6244 or [email protected]

Friday Nocturnes

The Friday Nocturnes will swing back into action on September 3 with the group Parlovr (Louis David Jackson, Alex Cooper and Jeremy MacCuish). The season opener will be followed, on October 1, by the “French symphonic composer,” Koudlam, in conjunction with Pop Montréal, then on November 5, by Yannick Duguay alias Le Husky, and on December 3, by the indie folk universe of Courtney Wing. Nocturnes: from 5 to 9 p.m., the first Friday of every month, including access to the exhibition galleries, live music and bar service. Admission with regular Musée ticket or our Wired card ($15, valid for one year).

Journées de la Culture

September 24-26, 2010

For this year’s Journées de la Culture, the MAC will welcome schools taking part in the Time Out … For School Groups program and offer a thematic program in tribute to Paul-Émile Borduas, on Sunday, September 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. On the schedule: tours of the exhibition Borduas: Les frontières de nos rêves ne sont plus les mêmes; meetings with artists François Lacasse, Guy Pellerin and Roland Poulin; lyric performances with the Opéra de Montréal; and an art workshop, for family or friends, called La Magie des signes (1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.). Free admission.

Source and Information

Anne Dongois
T. 514 826-2050
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