MONTRÉAL, Feb. 27, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - Since the exhibition Leonard Cohen : Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything opened at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal last November 9, more than 200,000 visitors have come through our doors to see the show, which has become one of the biggest successes in the museum's recent history. This attendance figure also sets a record for a single exhibition at the Musée. Until this coming April 9, the words, music and life of Leonard Cohen will live on at the MAC. A major catalogue on the exhibition - the 400th published by the MAC since it was founded in 1964 - is also available for purchase now at the MAC Boutique and on the Musée website. Presented by CBC/Radio-Canada, the exhibition Leonard Cohen : Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything is part of the official program of events for Montréal's 375th anniversary.
SOME COMMENTS FROM VISITORS
"The Leonard Cohen exhibition was one of the very best I have ever experienced anywhere! Emotionally moving, thought-provoking, challenging every sense and delightfully interactive."
"Beautiful presentation of this unique and endearing man that was Leonard Cohen. By his poetry, his music, his prose, he remains eternal. Thank you Mr. Cohen."
"Really great exhibition that captured the spirit and many facets of Leonard Cohen's music – the sacred, the profane, the human, the man and the Montreal side of it. Wow!"
"The Leonard Cohen exhibit is spectacular, rich, innovative and so moving. I am so very glad I could be here and see it. C'est magnifique!"
"My first time at the museum and I had a great such time. Congrats!"
"This tribute show is worthy of the man."
"It's a wonderful journey."
MAKE THE EXPERIENCE LAST WITH THE EXHIBITION CATALOGUE
This visually striking publication, situated between monograph and devotional exercise, documents a unique exhibition and pays homage to Leonard Cohen's enormous cultural influence. The artists from around the world taking part in the exhibition revisit Cohen's words, songs and biography. The catalogue also contains artist statements by each of the forty participants in the show, in addition to essays by co-curators John Zeppetelli, Director and Chief Curator of the MAC, and Victor Shiffman, guest curator at the MAC, who detail the two years of work leading up to the exhibition opening. Cohen's biographer Sylvie Simmons and author Chantal Ringuet round out the publication with essays providing an overview of Cohen's career and major moments in his life.
Visual artists: Kara Blake, Candice Breitz, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Christophe Chassol, Daily tous les jours, Tacita Dean, Thomas Demand, Kota Ezawa, George Fok, Ari Folman, Clara Furey, Jenny Holzer, Jon Rafman, Michael Rakowitz, Zach Richter, Sharon Robinson, Carlos and Jason Sanchez, Taryn Simon.
Musicians: Ariane Moffatt, Aurora, Basia Bulat, Brad Barr, Chilly Gonzales, Jarvis Cocker, Kaiser Quartett, Dear Criminals, Douglas Dare, Feist, Half Moon Run, Julia Holter, Leif Vollebekk, Li'l Andy, Joe Grass, Little Scream, Lou Doillon, Mélanie De Biasio, Moby, Socalled, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Ragnar Kjartansson, Richard Reed Parry.
Authors: John Zeppetelli is Director and Chief Curator of the MAC and author of the monographs Dana Schutz (2015), Jon Rafman (2015) and Teresa Margolles: Mundos (2016). Victor Shiffman, co-curator of the exhibition, works in the arts as a producer, presenter and programmer, and was a founding VP at Montréal's Centre Phi. Sylvie Simmons is the author of the highly praised I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen (2015). Chantal Ringuet is the author of Les révolutions de Leonard Cohen, recipient of the Canadian Jewish Literary Award (2017).
Catalogue available in English and French editions
AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE NOW AT THE MAC BOUTIQUE AND ON THE MUSÉE WEBSITE
The MAC first wishes to thank Leonard Cohen, who gave his generous consent to the exhibition concept while he was alive. We are also deeply grateful to the family and friends of Cohen, in particular Robert Kory, Adam Cohen and Lorca Cohen, who provided important support for the organization of this exhibition.
The MAC is pleased to be associated with local institutional partners that have generously contributed to the production of this exhibition. We extend our warm thanks to CBC/Radio-Canada, the exhibition presenter and creator of exclusive content for the exhibition. CBC/Radio-Canada also made its archives available at no charge to the artists creating work for this project.
We also wish to acknowledge our exhibition partners: DeSerres, Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) and the Société de transport de Montréal (STM).
Co-curatorial partners provided specific support in the realization of this exhibition. We are much indebted to the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), which made its full archives available free of charge to the artists. The work I Heard There Was a Secret Chord was created by Daily tous les jours. It is a Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal/National Film Board of Canada and Daily tous les jours co-production. The concert series Leonard Cohen: 5 concerts / 5 albums was produced in collaboration with POP Montréal.
The MAC thanks Sony Music and Sony ATV for granting permission to use the songs and archival video material of Leonard Cohen by the artists and for the purpose of the exhibition.
We also greatly appreciate the contribution of our partners that directly supported the creation of works by the artists: Goethe-Institut (Candice Breitz), Spotify (Daily tous les jours), Audio Z (George Fok), Consulate General of Israel in Montreal and the Swiss Institute (Ari Folman), as well as Lytro (Zach Richter).
The MAC is a provincially owned corporation funded by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec. It receives additional funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts. The MAC also thanks its partners Loto-Québec and Ubisoft Montréal, and its media partners La Presse and Publicité sauvage.
Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to the following for their generous support: The Azrieli Foundation, the Stephen and Lillian Vineberg Family Foundation, Nick Tedeschi and Sal Guerrera, and Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation.
MUSEE D'ART CONTEMPORAIN DE MONTRÉAL
Located in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal makes today's art a vital part of Montréal and Québec life. For more than fifty years, this vibrant museum has brought together local and international artists, their works and an ever growing public. It is also a place of discovery, offering visitors experiences that are continually changing and new, and often unexpected and stirring. The Musée presents temporary exhibitions devoted to outstanding and relevant current artists who provide their own, particular insight into our society, as well as exhibitions of works drawn from the museum's extensive Permanent Collection. They may feature every form of expression: digital and sound works, installations, paintings, sculptures, ephemeral pieces, and more. In addition to its wide range of educational activities familiarizing the general public with contemporary art, the Musée organizes unique artistic performances and festive events. It is a window onto a myriad of avant-garde expressions that extend the reach of art throughout the city and beyond.
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