Winter 2009 at the MAC



    MONTREAL, Jan. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Winter at the Musée d'art contemporain
de Montréal offers a dizzying array of events, with a major retrospective
devoted to artist Claude Tousignant, a presentation of Some Installations
selected from the Collection, a Projections series spotlighting Japanese video
art, and an electrifying, chocolaty All-Nighter, not to mention our Nocturnes,
the hippest Fridays in town.

    Exhibitions

    Claude Tousignant, A Retrospective
    February 5 to April 26, 2009

    The event of the season at the MAC is a major retrospective devoted to
Claude Tousignant, a leading light of abstraction. The exhibition covers the
artist's career of fifty-plus years through ninety works (paintings and
sculptures), from his famous Monochrome orangé and his Transformateurs
chromatiques, Gongs, Accélérateurs chromatiques, Diptyques circulaires,
Polychromes and Monochromes series to his most recent pieces.
    Both a painter and a sculptor, Tousignant has shown an unwavering
commitment to abstract art throughout his career. From the start, he was
associated with the second generation of the Montréal movement known as the
Plasticians, who advocated an abstract, geometric art. He explored the
expressive power of colour the most rigorously and boldly of all this group.
Tousignant has been the subject of numerous exhibitions in the principal
Canadian museums, and his target paintings and large-scale compositions have
become an essential reference in Canadian abstract painting. In the mid-1950s,
he broke away from the expressionist aesthetic of the time and began
developing a form of abstraction based on the idea of painting as "pure
sensation." Tousignant was born in 1932 in Montréal, where he continues to
live and work.

    The Collection: Some Installations
    February 28 to August 16, 2009

    The Musée Collection includes a significant number of works of
installation art. This exhibition features three major installations acquired
over the last two years: Not I / Pas moi, 2006-2007, by Christine Davis, Cuba
Still (Remake), 2005, by Adad Hannah, and Chameleon, 2004, by Franz West.

    Projections Series

    Takashi Ishida and Yuki Kawamura
    January 8 to March 15, 2009

    Japanese-born artists Takashi Ishida and Yuki Kawamura now live in
Toronto and Paris, respectively. In The Art of Fugue, 2001, Ishida transforms
sound into image, revealing his personal way of understanding and analyzing
music. Kawamura, in his works, composes fleeting, floating images that mingle
nature and dreams.

    Friday Nocturnes

    The first Friday of every month, the Musée stays open until 9 p.m. for
entertaining evenings where you can expect the unexpected! Enjoy all the
current exhibitions, enhanced by live music and bar service. Coming Nocturnes:
February 6, Socalled; March 6, The Besnard Lakes; April 3, Pawa Up First; May
1, Plants and Animals. No reservation necessary. Admission with regular Musée
ticket or our $10 Wired card.

    All-Nighter - Montreal High Lights Festival
    February 28, 2009

    Night of February 28 to March 1, from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m.

    For the 2009 edition, the Musée has dreamed up a night that appeals to
all the senses: sight, of course, with its exhibitions and the Projections
series, but also sound, motion and taste: a Grandbois Chocolatière chocolate
"shop" in the foyer offering tastings of chocolates and chocolate "espresso,"
a rock/mash-up atmosphere provided by the electrifying DJ Abeille Gélinas in
the Atrium (from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.) and street entertainment in the Flexigloo,
a mobile shelter set up on the plaza outside. All night long, you can roam as
you please through the museum's three floors and its nine exhibition
galleries. Apart from the chocolate (from $3 to $5), it's all free!
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For further information:

For further information: Danielle Legentil, MACM, Public Relations
Coordinator, (514) 847-6232, danielle.legentil@macm.org; Visual material
available: www.macm.org: Newsroom, Link: Visual material, User name: presse,
Password: gtrcmedias


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