A rock and roll autumn at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

    MONTREAL, Aug. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The Musée will be literally electrified
this fall by the exhibition Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll
Since 1967. Montréal will be the only Canadian stop for the show, which will
run from October 10, 2008 to January 11, 2009.
    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 forty 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 Tiravanija, Sympathy for the Devil is the most
comprehensive presentation of work arising from the intersection of these two
cultural entities. The exhibition comprises over 100 works (installations,
sculptures, paintings, drawings, videos, photographs) created by sixty artists
and groups, subdivided into six themes corresponding to the music scenes in
New York, the U.K., Continental Europe, the West Coast (particularly Los
Angeles), the U.S. Midwest and the rest of the world. The title is borrowed
from the eponymous Rolling Stones song.
    Also coming this fall is the exhibition Lynne Marsh, organized by the
Musée d'art contemporain and the Musée régional de Rimouski, and scheduled to
run from November 6, 2008 to February 8, 2009. The show features three major
video installations by this Canadian artist who divides her time between
London and Berlin: Camera Opera (2008), Stadium (2008) and Ballroom (2004).
The three works form a highly coherent grouping that explores the inscription
of the body in strictly codified architectural environments, and of the
feminine within theatrical and performative spaces, as well as the blurred
boundaries between real and virtual, physical and fantastic.
    The Collection will be highlighted in a new theme-based exhibition
devoted to landscape, which will open November 6, 2008 and continue through to
January 4, 2009. Entitled Ideas of Landscape/Landscape of Ideas 2 and
containing over twenty works-paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and
installations-by Patrick Coutu, Jérôme Fortin, Pierre Dorion, Charles Gagnon,
Christiane Gauthier, Laurie Walker, General Idea, Stephen Schofield, Guillermo
Kuitca, Jack Goldstein and Daniel Buren, among others, the exhibition explores
the figurative or abstract landscape, the passage of time and the cycle of
    In addition, from October 9 to 19, 2008, the Musée will host an
exhibition of the works of semi-finalists and winners in the 10th Annual RBC
Canadian Painting Competition. The main objective of this competition is to
encourage emerging Canadian talents and highlight the contributions made by
promising painters to our society's cultural vitality.
    The Projections Series will provide the first Canadian showcase for the
work of Mariana Vassileva from October 24, 2008 to January 11, 2009. It will
present recent videos, including Jumping Man, Tango and Toro, in which
Vassileva looks at solitude as a phenomenon. Employing a minimalist approach
and simple, poetic images, she draws viewers into a meditative state. The
Bulgarian-born artist lives and works in Berlin.
    Finally, the Musée Nocturnes resume on Friday, September 5 with the group
Beast, an experimental union between the powerful, sensual voice of Béatrice
Bonifassi (the unforgettable Betty of Les Triplettes de Belleville) and the
music of legendary drummer/composer Jean-Phi Goncalves. The first Friday of
every month, the museum is open for this unique Montréal event: entertaining
evenings, from 5 to 9 p.m., with live music performances, bar service and
visits to all the exhibition galleries.

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