Launch of the fall season at the MAC



    MONTREAL, Aug. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Exhibitions, Projections series,
Nocturnes, poetry slam-the launch of the fall season at Musée d'art
contemporain will be bold, entrancing and challenging.

    Exhibitions

    Karel Funk
    September 20, 2007 to January 6, 2008

    Portraits of men that seem straight out of the Renaissance, dressed in
high-tech outdoor wear; the technical virtuosity of the Flemish masters, in
hyperrealistic paintings that verge on the photographic: intimate portraits of
people who do not reveal themselves. The fascination exerted by Karel Funk's
painting stems in large part from unbearable tensions. Come fall under their
spell... The exhibition-the artist's first in a museum-features a dozen
portraits produced over the past five years. Karel Funk was born in Winnipeg,
where he continues to live and work.

    Vik Muniz: Reflex
    October 4, 2007 to January 6, 2008

    Peanut butter and jelly, chocolate, sugar, wire, dirt and diamonds are
just some of the items on the astonishing list of materials used by this
artist to create images that he then photographs so as to preserve them. Since
the mid-1990s, Brazilian artist Vik Muniz has gained international recognition
for the photographic works he creates out of everyday materials. These images,
inspired by current events, art history or famous figures, are at once
familiar and enigmatic. Initially perceived as witty visual statements, his
works also question the way visual information is constructed, presented, and
then perceived by the viewer. The exhibition comprises 110 photographs, from
1988 to the present, from 27 different series.
    Vik Muniz: Reflex was organized by the Miami Art Museum, Florida, with
support from the Miami Art Museum's Annual Exhibition Fund and additional
support provided by Duggal Visual Solutions. This will be the exhibition's
only stop in Canada.

    Thomas Hirschhorn: Jumbo Spoons and Big Cake
    October 4, 2007 to January 6, 2008

    The "big cake" is our society of excessive consumption, while the "jumbo
spoons" represent twelve monuments to the memory of individuals or entities
Thomas Hirschhorn associates with failed utopias: the architecture of Mies van
der Rohe, Venice, the moon, guns and fashion, to name only a few. In this
installation, the artist offers a space for reflection and commitment with
respect to the state of the world, the end of certain twentieth-century
utopias and the urgent question of hunger. Born in Switzerland, Hirschhorn has
lived and worked in Paris since 1980. Jumbo Spoons and Big Cake (2000), a
recent major acquisition of the Musée d'art contemporain, was shown at the
Chicago Art Institute when it was first created, and then in Paris, at the
Centre Pompidou, in 2005 as part of the group exhibition Dionysiac.

    Projections

    Saskia Olde Wolbers: Trailer, 2005 (10 min)
    October 3 to November 30, 2007

    Dutch-born, London-based artist Saskia Olde Wolbers creates narrative
video works that pull us into unknown worlds, between dreams and imagination.
Trailer starts out somewhere in the vast Amazonian jungle, among the native
plants with exotic Spanish and Latin names, and dissolves into the dark red of
an Ohio movie theatre. Presented in connection with this year's Mois de la
Photo à Montréal, which explores the question of the narrative in contemporary
art.

    Mark Lewis: Rush Hour, Morning and Evening, Cheapside, 2005
    (4 min 12 sec)
    December 5, 2007 to January 31, 2008

    In recent years, Mark Lewis's work has revealed a connection with the
pictorial tradition of experiencing and representing time. In Rush Hour, a
work recently acquired by the Musée, Lewis captures the sun at certain times
of day when its light stretches out shadows on the ground. A native of
Hamilton, Ontario, Mark Lewis lives and works in London.

    Nocturnes
    September 7 / October 5 / November 2 / December 7, 2007

    The Musée Nocturnes are now a fixture of the urban landscape. On the
first Friday of every month, the museum is open late, from 6 to 9 p.m., for an
evening where you can expect the unexpected. Self-guided visits to the
galleries or speed tours of the exhibitions; live music; and bar service. On
the program: September 7, We Are Wolves-electro-punk-rock music in conjunction
with the launch of their latest album Total Magique; October 5, the cosmix mix
mix mix aesthetic of Martin Tétreault; November 2, the National Parcs group in
a music/video performance; and finally, December 7, revolving around the theme
of dreams, with Moment Factory and Moondata. No reservation necessary.
Admission with regular Musée ticket or our new $10 Wired card.

    Journées de la culture: Slam in connection with De l'écriture
    September 30, 2007 from 2 to 4 p.m.

    As part of the Journées de la culture, a slam poetry event will take
place in the galleries housing the exhibition De l'écriture/With Writing. Meet
slammers Mario Cholette, Carl Bessette and Ivan Bielinski (IVY) as they give
timed performances where the audience is the judge! Free of charge.
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For further information:

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


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