Launch of the 2009 fall season at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

    MONTREAL, Aug. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Musée d'art contemporain has
announced its fall program: exhibitions by Francine Savard, Tricia Middleton
and Tacita Dean, the RBC Competition, the Projections series with Jane and
Louise Wilson, a new season of Friday Nocturnes opening with Xavier Caféine,
and the inauguration of a free lecture series!


    Francine Savard
    October 10, 2009 to January 3, 2010
    For the past fifteen years, Francine Savard has explored the medium of
painting, making it the very subject of her art. Her work is rich in
references to the history of art and its writings, the studio, the painter's
tools, and the act of painting and its meanings. Taking the form of variously
shaped, monochromatic canvases, her works gather and intermingle, with a
certain sense of poetry, formalist and conceptual approaches, art history,
literature and geography, while offering a fresh interpretation of the
vocabulary of painting. This mid-career retrospective presents some sixty
pieces produced by the artist between 1992 and 2009. Born in 1954, Francine
Savard lives and works in Montréal.

    Tricia Middleton
    October 10, 2009 to January 3, 2010
    Like Francine Savard, Tricia Middleton investigates the process of
creating a work, in installations that borrow from the disciplines of
sculpture, video and painting. For Middleton, the material itself is the
subject of the work. Often site-specific, her pieces bring together studio
space and exhibition space, which ultimately become one and the same. For this
show, the artist is producing a brand-new installation in which she explores
the passage of time through the transience of the material. You will be
immersed in a world with elements of novelistic narrative, science fiction,
and film and stage sets. Tricia Middleton was born in Vancouver in 1972, and
is now based in Montréal.

    Tacita Dean
    October 10, 2009 to January 3, 2010
    Tacita Dean made her name internationally with her films documenting the
passage of time. This show consists of an installation of six projections on
screens arranged around the exhibition space, entitled Merce Cunningham
performs STILLNESS (in three movements) to John Cage's composition 4'33'' with
Trevor Carlson, New York City, 28 April 2007. Here, as the title indicates,
Cunningham performs a choreography for the piece 4'33'' by composer John
Cage-which had a huge influence on twentieth-century music-a 4-minute,
33-second silence "performed" in three movements. This work examining silence
and the passage of time takes on added poignancy with the death of Merce
Cunningham this past July. Born in 1965 in Canterbury, England, Tacita Dean
lives and works in Berlin.

    RBC Canadian Painting Competition

    From October 8 to 18, 2009, the Musée is also hosting an exhibition of
the works of the semi-finalists and winners of the eleventh annual RBC
Canadian Painting Competition, which is for visual artists in early career.
Eastern Canada is represented this year by five artists, four of them from
Québec: Julie Beugin, Anthony Burnham and Pierre Durette from Montréal,
Nathalie Thibault from Québec City and Daniel Hutchison from Halifax, Nova


    The Projections series showcases the work of British artists Jane and
Louise Wilson from October 28, 2009 to January 10, 2010. These twin sisters
have collaborated since the late 1980s on works in which the malaise of
everyday life, scenes of anxiety and repressed memory intertwine. On the
program: The Silence is Twice as Fast Backwards, a sound installation inspired
by Jean Cocteau's film Orphée.


    The Friday Nocturnes return in September with a consummate showman:
Xavier Caféine kicks off the new season on Friday, September 4. On October 2,
Nocturnes will welcome Tune-Yards in conjunction with the Pop Montréal Music
Festival. Nocturnes: the first Friday of every month, unique Montréal evenings
offering tours of the exhibitions, live music, bar service and, now, the
Bistro Le Contemporain.


    This fall, the Musée is inaugurating Conversations, a new program of free
lectures followed by a discussion period, held on selected Wednesday evenings
in the museum's foyer. Bar service is available from 6 to 9 p.m. The goal of
the series is to provide a congenial forum for multidisciplinary deliberation
and discussion on contemporary art. Paulette Gagnon, the Musée's new Director,
will be the first guest speaker, on Wednesday, October 21 at 6 p.m., when she
will present her point of view on the parameters likely to determine the
museum's future development.

    Keep an eye out for...

    Exhibitions of works from the Collection in November, and the Friday
Nocturnes in November and December.

    Source and information
    Danielle Legentil
    Public Relations Coordinator
    Tel.: 514 847-6232
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For further information:

For further information: Danielle Legentil, Public Relations
Coordinator, (514) 847-6232,

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