2008: A year of transformation and rock & roll for the MAC

    MONTREAL, Jan. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - This year, the Musée d'art contemporain
de Montréal will be showcasing some spectacular sights and sounds with two
major exhibitions that definitely put the museum on the map as a must for
contemporary art lovers visiting the city and confirm Montreal's role as an
international cultural metropolis.

    Rien ne se perd, rien ne se crée, tout se transforme
    Triennial of Québec Art
    May 24 to September 2, 2008

    This summer, the Musée will be launching an exciting new initiative with
the first edition of the Triennial of Québec Art, an exhibition devoted to the
current state of contemporary Québec art. To be held every three years, the
Triennial is the result of extensive field research by the Musée's curators,
who combed numerous exhibitions and artists' studios over the last year
looking for the very best in contemporary Québec art. The works of the more
than 30 artists selected will be on view from May 24 to September 2, 2008. For
the first time in the Musée's history, the exhibition will be presented in all
the museum's galleries. Mirroring the subject matter of the various works, the
exhibition title is inspired by Lavoisier's famous saying: Rien ne se perd,
rien ne se crée. Tout se transforme. (Nothing is lost, nothing is created.
Everything is transformed.)
    Josée Bélisle, Mark Lanctôt, Pierre Landry and chief curator Paulette
Gagnon are responsible for this exhibition. Lesley Johnstone is the project

    Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967
    October 9, 2008 to January 11, 2009

    In the fall, the Musée will be literally electrified by the exhibition,
Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967. What's more,
Montréal will be the only Canadian stop for this exhilarating event. Organized
by Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, Sympathy for the Devil examines the
history of the relationship between avant-garde art and rock music over the
past 40 years. From Andy Warhol's legendary involvement with The Velvet
Underground in New York, to its London equivalent with Peter Blake, Richard
Hamilton and The Beatles, and culminating in new works by artists such as
Douglas Gordon, Jim Lambie, Robert Longo, Christian Marclay, Jason Rhoades,
Pipilotti Rist, and Rirkrit Tiravanije, Sympathy for the Devil is the most
comprehensive presentation of work arising from the intersection of these two
cultural entities. The exhibition is comprised of over 100 works
(installations, sculptures, paintings, drawings, videos) created by 60 artists
and groups, subdivided into six themes corresponding to the musical scenes in
New York, the United Kingdom, Western Europe, the American West Coast
(particularly Los Angeles), the Midwest and the rest of the world (more
specifically Brazil, Mexico, Japan and Thailand).
    The title, borrowed from the eponymous Rolling Stones song and Jean-Luc
Godard's film One + One/Sympathy for the Devil, is emblematic of this exchange
between the two cultural forms.
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For further information:

For further information: Danielle Legentil, Public Relations
Coordinator, (514) 847-6232, danielle.legentil@macm.org

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