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Exhibition presented in collaboration with the Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary

Montréal, March 24, 2016 — The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) is pleased to announce Leonard Cohen: Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything, an exhibition of international scope presented as part of the festivities for Montréal’s 375th anniversary, which will take place in fall 2017.

Through his poems and his music and lyrics, Cohen touches a huge audience and influences countless artists across all disciplines and generations around the world. The exhibition is an homage to this global star and touchstone of Montréal culture.

Created exclusively for the MAC for the occasion, this multidisciplinary exhibition will allow the Musée to offer the public a collection of brand-new works commissioned from and created by local and international artists who were inspired by the great master’s style and recurring themes. These artists represent the visual arts, performance art, music, the written word and film, thus providing visitors with a dynamic, participative and immersive experience. Leonard Cohen will be part of the programming for the celebration of Montréal’s 375th anniversary.

The MAC is thrilled about Leonard Cohen’s support of this project, which will allow the Musée to delve deep into his career in order to present an innovative and original exhibition.

As MAC Director and Chief Curator John Zeppetelli explained, “Leonard Cohen has filled our collective imagination with thoughts and songs on a number of topics that touch us all as human beings. One of the major themes of Cohen’s work, the imperfection of the human condition, is clearly evoked in the exhibition’s subtitle, A Crack in Everything. This expression comes from Anthem, one of Cohen’s most famous songs. Immediately after those words, the artist suggests that there is always room for redemption and hope, because that very crack is what lets in the light that allows life to grow.”

Il y a une brèche en toute chose
c’est ainsi qu’entre la lumière.
Leonard Cohen, 1992)
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
(Anthem, Leonard Cohen, 1992)


“The exhibition Leonard Cohen will be a great source of pride for all Montrealers, including myself, as this icon of poetry, literature and music has been an incredible global ambassador for the City of Montréal. Fittingly, this exhibition will go on to be presented at a number of museums around the world, celebrating Montréal’s creativity and know-how,” announced Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre today.

“The government is proud to be associated with the exhibition Leonard Cohen, which will shine a light on our city, just as this Montréal icon himself has done. The Musée d’art contemporain will thus contribute to the successful celebration of Montréal’s 375th anniversary, generating tourism and economic benefits,” said Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security, and Minister responsible for the Montréal region Martin Coiteux.

“As an artist, Leonard Cohen is larger than life,” noted Gilbert Rozon, Commissioner for Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th anniversary. “By celebrating his multidisciplinary talent, we celebrate Montréal’s creativity. The MAC could not have found a better example of our city’s vitality.”

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Located in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal makes today’s art a vital part of Montréal and Québec life. For more than fifty years, this vibrant museum has brought together local and international artists, their works and an ever growing public. It is a place of discovery, offering visitors experiences that are continually changing and new, and often unexpected and stirring. The Musée presents temporary exhibitions devoted to outstanding and relevant current artists who provide their own, particular insight into our society, as well as exhibitions of works drawn from the museum’s extensive Permanent Collection. Every form of expression may be featured: digital and sound works, installations, paintings, sculptures, ephemeral pieces, and more. In addition to its wide range of educational activities familiarizing the general public with contemporary art, the Musée also organizes unique artistic performances and festive events. It is a window onto a myriad of avant-garde expressions that increase exposure and awareness of art throughout the city and beyond.

About Montréal’s 375th

The Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization with a mission to plan festivities for 2017. With an accent on local Montréal expertise, it acts as a catalyst for unifying forces in achieving its mandate: to mobilize the community, implement a financing strategy, meticulously administer the funding collected, develop high-quality programming, and ensure the promotion of festivities. Driven by its desire to create bridges, it relies on the support of its board of directors, council of governors and many committees. The Society benefits from the support of the Ville de Montréal, the government of Québec and 10 Great Montrealers. For more information, visit

Source and Information

Anne Dongois
T. 514 826-2050
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