Plentiful programming that is eagerly awaited - 2017 at the MAC: must-see exhibitions and high-caliber artists

MONTRÉAL, Jan. 18, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - The MAC is pleased to announce its eagerly awaited programming for 2017. Visitors will be treated to many new discoveries and large-scale exhibitions. Once again, the MAC is pushing its own boundaries by presenting exhibitions showcasing some of the contemporary art world's most renowned virtuosos. 

Museum Collection: Pictures for an Exhibition

A new series of projects presented by Marie-Ève Beaupré and based on works from the Collection, this evolving series will take on various forms, starting with For Time Is the Longest Distance Between Two Places, presented at the Musée until March 12, 2017. With works chosen from the Collection's own 8,000 pieces, Pictures for an Exhibition will allow visitors to enjoy some of the most striking works of artists from here and abroad such as Nicolas Baier, Patrick Bernatchez, Alain Paiement and Serge Tousignant. Three other versions of Pictures for an Exhibition will be presented over the following periods: March 28 to September 10, April 11 to August 13 and August 22 to January 14, 2018.

Teresa Margolles: Mundos – February 16 to May 14, 2017

The Musée presents the country's first monographic exhibition dedicated to one of the foremost Mexican artists of her generation: Teresa Margolles. Presented by John Zeppetelli and Emeren García, Teresa Margolles: Mundos consists of around 15 pieces created mostly over the past decade. It features sculptural, audio and photographic installations, performances and film projections. La Promesa, Pesquisas and En el Aire are particularly striking pieces.

Emanuel Licha: Now Have a Look at this MachineFebruary 16 to May 14, 2017

The exhibition Now Have a Look at This Machine is a reflection on what Quebec artist Emanuel Licha calls "hotel machine," through which he examines the production, analysis and distribution of war images. Organized by Lesley Johnstone, the exhibition includes an hour-long creative documentary entitled Hotel Machine, which was filmed in hotels that hosted war correspondents covering conflicts in Belgrade, Beirut, Gaza, Kiev and Sarajevo. Surrounding the central space where the film is projected, five archive stations—using text, images, documents, newsreel footage and fiction film clips—explore the concept of the war hotel as a place of proximity, safety and communication and as a viewpoint and platform.

In Search of Expo 67June 21 to October 8, 2017

In celebration of Expo 67's 50th anniversary, the MAC is organizing an important exhibition featuring new works by artists from Quebec and Canada who were inspired by the famous world exhibition. It will unfold on three fronts: the production of new works, the recreation of works from 1967 using today's technology and the activation of archival content. In Search of Expo 67 provides the artists with a unique opportunity to explore this fertile ground and produce works that will resonate with a contemporary audience. The exhibition is curated by Lesley Johnstone and Monika Kin Gagnon, researcher, curator and author, as well as co-director of Concordia University's CinemaExpo67 research team.

Olafur Eliasson - June 21 to October 8, 2017

Presented by Mark Lanctôt, this exhibition is Olafur Eliasson's first solo show in Canada. As an artist who uses scientific principles to explore our relationship to time and space, he produces devices that call on the mechanisms we use to perceive light and natural phenomena. These truly multidisciplinary works offer immersive experiences that investigate the body, movement, and the perception of self and of the environment. At once spare and ambitious, the pieces on view will propose an experience in which the viewer is immersed in a rarefied, fundamental universe consisting essentially of space, light and movement.

Leonard Cohen - Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything - November 9, 2017, to April 1, 2018

For this exhibition, a MAC exclusive, local and international artists have been specially commissioned to create new works inspired by the great master's style and recurring themes. Visitors will have the chance to participate and immerse themselves in a dynamic and expansive experience created by visual and performance artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers. The eagerly awaited exhibition is organized by John Zeppetelli and Victor Shiffman as part of the official programming for Montréal's 375th anniversary.

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 also 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. They may feature 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 Musée 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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For further information: Steven Ross, Head of Public Relations, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, steven.ross@macm.org, Tel.: 514 847-6232

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