Exhibition With Glass, Under Glass, Without Glass at the Musée d'art
contemporain de Montréal - April 24 to October 3, 2010

MONTREAL, April 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, a proud partner in the event Montréal City of Glass, is offering an innovative look at its Permanent Collection in a dazzling new show. From April 24 to October 3, 2010, the Musée presents the exhibition With Glass, Under Glass, Without Glass.

With Glass, Under Glass, Without Glass showcases a dozen major works chosen from the Musée Collection and produced by nine artists. The presence of glass as a significant component is the principal basis for this selection that will provide an unusual cross section of the Collection and, at the same time, shed particular light on some of the main issues in contemporary art.

Glass, neon and mirrors; sculpture, architecture and furniture; film screenings, miniature painting and the blank page of paper: these are all elements and media found in the narrative or demonstrative, formalist or poetic works brought together here.

A shattering mirror in Le Tournis, 2008, by Gwenaël Bélanger (Québec), fanciful miniature worlds depicted in negative view in Les Petits Métiers, 1985, and Les Offrandes, 1986, by Philippe Favier (France), a table lavishly set with glass dishes and a glass chandelier in Les Hôtes and Le Grand veilleur, 2007, by Claudie Gagnon (Québec), a glass house in the film installation Home, 1986, by Wyn Geleynse (Ontario), a glass filing cabinet holding blank sheets of paper in Classifié, 1994, by Claude Hamelin (Québec), a neon work in Ciboulette, 1968, by Jacques Hurtubise (Québec), a glass table based on the Fibonacci numerical sequence in Tavolo, 1978, by Mario Merz (Italy), transparency and opacity of filiation in Mère obscure, père ambigu, fils accompli : Agathe, 1994, by Stephen Schofield (Québec), glass and neon sails in La Salle, 1980, by Keith Sonnier (United States) and a surrealistic sculpture of a bathtub in an aquarium in Silence and Slow Time, 1994, by Catherine Widgery (Québec).

The Musée d'art contemporain is a provincially owned corporation funded by the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec. It receives additional funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.

In Connection with the Exhibition With Glass, Under Glass, Without Glass

    Point(s) of View Series
    Wednesday, May 12, 2010

As part of the Point(s) of View series, a guided tour of the exhibition will be offered by Josée Bélisle, curator of the exhibition and of the Musée Collection, on Wednesday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m., in French, in the exhibition galleries. The activity is free of charge.

    Reading Room
    April 27 to October 3, 2010

In keeping with the theme of the exhibition With Glass, Under Glass, Without Glass, the Media Centre has put together a selection of publications from its reference collections. In the Eaton Lounge across from the Centre on the second floor, you will find an assortment of books on glass in contemporary art, contemporary stained glass and ways of working this material, and, in a showcase, a display of invitations featuring works in glass. A program of videos on the topic of architecture and glass will also be presented. Scheduled works:

La Médiathèque de Sendaï. Director: Richard Copans. Paris: ARTE France, Les Films d'Ici, Ministère de la Culture, direction de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, Centre Pompidou. 2004, 26 min, in French.

L'espace que j'ai vu... un portrait de l'architecte Pierre Thibault. Director: Anne-Marie Tougas. Montréal: Tougam. 2007, 52 min, in French.

La maison de Jean Prouvé. Director: Stan Neumann. Paris: ARTE France, Les Films d'Ici, Ministère de la Culture, direction de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, Centre Pompidou. 2004, 26 min, in French.

The Eaton Lounge is open the same hours as the Media Centre: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Montréal Museums Day and Art Workshops
    Sunday, May 30, 2010

This year's Montréal Museums Day, which ties in with the event Montréal City of Glass - both of them organized by the Board of Montréal Museum Directors - will highlight the theme of glass. The Musée's art workshops will be in full swing that day, with a workshop for all and the creation of a collective work.

    Art workshop
    Special schedule for Museums Day: 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Jacques Hurtubise's eye-popping work Ciboulette, 1968, will give you a chance to spotlight your own creativity. In the Musée's workshops, you will make a luminous image out of cellophane, featuring vibrant motifs. When held up to a window, your picture will reveal its dazzling, colourful transparency. Free of charge.

    Creation of a collective work
    With Glass, and for All
    All day long on Montréal Museums Day, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Donate your used eyeglasses and, at the same time, join in the creation of a collective work and a humanitarian gesture. For Museums Day, the glasses contributed will be carefully incorporated into a collective work that will then be put on display in the museum foyer. Free of charge.

Glasses will be collected from May 5 until August 29 in various places, including the MACM. Next September, they will be handed over to the organization Optométristes Sans Frontières which will then distribute them to needy people in disadvantaged countries. Information: 514 847-6226

    Guided Tours

Guided tours of the exhibition With Glass, Under Glass, Without Glass will be offered by the education team on Wednesday evenings at 5, 6 and 7:30 p.m. in French and 6:30 p.m. in English, and on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 and 3 p.m. in French or English. Free of charge.

    Source and information                     Visual material available
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    Danielle Legentil, MACM                    www.macm.org
    Public Relations Coordinator               Newsroom
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    Tel.: 514.847.6232,                        User name: presse
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SOURCE Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

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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