Montréal, October 24, 2019 – The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) continues to grow its international reputation through three remarkable travelling exhibitions.

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything in Europe

After a successful showing at New York’s Jewish Museum, Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything begins the second leg of its international tour today in Copenhagen, Denmark, where the exhibition will be presented until April 13, 2020 at the Kunstforeningen GL STRAND and Nikolaj Kunsthal. Drawing near 100,000 visitors in New York, including Quebec Premier François Legault, Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything has become one of the most popular international travelling exhibitions in MAC’s history.

The exhibition resonated strongly among both visitors and the media: Pitchfork described it as an “inventive exhibition,” while The New York Times deemed it a reflection on music’s important role in our lives: “Taken together, the layered work on display in “A Crack in Everything” has a lot to offer on Cohen, but even more to say about how we respond to music, bring it into our lives, and use it as both a balm and an agent for transformation.” For John Zeppetelli, Director and Chief Curator at the MAC and Co-curator of the exhibition, this tour “brings tremendous visibility to both the MAC and participating artists, while underscoring the importance of Canadian contemporary art.”

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer in Mexico

Meanwhile, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence, coproduced with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and presented at the MAC in summer 2018, may be viewed until March 1, 2020 at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO), Mexico. This foray into Mexico is a key step for the MAC, as it represents the Musée’s first major collaboration with one of Mexico’s foremost contemporary art institutions, as well as the first time the MAC presents a travelling exhibition in this country. The tour’s next stop will be at the SFMOMA, from April 25 to November 1, 2020. In Montréal, the Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence exhibition was also a finalist in this year’s edition of the Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal.

Françoise Sullivan in Canada

The Françoise Sullivan retrospective, presented at the MAC last fall, continues its Canadian tour in collaboration with two museums in Ontario, namely the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, in Kleinburg, and the Art Gallery, in Windsor. The exhibition was warmly welcomed at the McMichael, where it was presented from February 16 to May 12, and paved the way for other Quebec artists to showcase their work. Specifically, the McMichael took that opportunity to feature the work of Marie-Claire Blais and Rita Letendre alongside Françoise Sullivan.

The Françoise Sullivan exhibition’s tour continues at the Art Gallery, in Windsor (February 14 to May 10, 2020), then the Musée régional de Rimouski (October 18, 2020 to January 31, 2021).


The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal is a provincially owned corporation funded by the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec. It receives additional funding from the Government of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.

The MAC wishes to thank Leonard Cohen for his support of the exhibition. Robert Kory, Adam Cohen, and Lorca Cohen, provided invaluable assistance in the successful organization of this project.

The MAC also thanks CBC/Radio-Canada and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), as well as Sony Music and Sony ATV.

For the exhibition’s presentation in New York, the MAC is also grateful for the additional support of the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts/Conseil des arts du Canada, and The Azrieli Foundation/La Fondation Azrieli.

The Canadian touring exhibition project Françoise Sullivan is funded in part by the Government of Canada. The Mexican tour of the exhibition Rafael LozanoHemmer is supported in part by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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 also a place of discovery, offering visitors experiences that are continually changing and new, and often unexpected and stirring. The MAC 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 collection. These may feature any and every form of expression: 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 MAC organizes unique artistic performances and festive events. It is a window onto a myriad of avant-garde expressions that extend the reach of art throughout the city and beyond.

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Anne Dongois
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