The MAC and Jenny Holzer will illuminate Silo No 5 in Leonard Cohen's honour

The MAC and CBC/Radio-Canada also enter into a new partnership that will combine the strengths of the Museum and the broadcaster to celebrate Cohen's music and writing.

MONTRÉAL, Jan. 18, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - The MAC is pleased to announce the participation of world-renowned visual artist Jenny Holzer in the Leonard Cohen – Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything exhibition. The Musée also unveils a new partnership with CBC / Radio-Canada that will offer visitors a rich and innovative experience. By working together, the two organizations will celebrate Leonard Cohen's body of work while extending and broadening the reach of the exhibition, which is presented as part of the official program of the festivities for Montréal's 375th anniversary.

First visual artist announced
Jenny Holzer is the first visual artist to be announced by the MAC for the Leonard Cohen exhibition. She will join the ranks of the previously announced musicians, namely Lou Doillon, Jean Leloup and Ariane Moffatt. The eagerly awaited exhibition is co-curated by John Zeppetelli and Victor Shiffman as part of the official programming for Montréal's 375th anniversary. Created exclusively for the MAC, the exhibit will offer the public a collection of brand-new works commissioned from and created by some 25 local and international artists from various disciplines such as the visual arts, performance art, music, the written word and film.

Silo No. 5 illuminated in Leonard Cohen' honour
In November 2017, Silo No. 5, one of Montreal's most iconic architectural structures, will be lit up in Leonard Cohen's honour. The MAC has commissioned neo-conceptual American artist Jenny Holzer to create a piece consisting of a giant projection of select phrases from Cohen's poems, songs, and other writings—in both French and English. The projection, named For Leonard Cohen, will be visible as of November 7th, coinciding with the first anniversary of Cohen's death. Taking inspiration from the urban projections realized on the Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome, on the pyramid of the Louvre in Paris and on London's City Hall, Jenny Holzer revisits the fine line between the written word and the image, thus transforming the text into the object of observation. The integration of Cohen's writing into such large-scale work will also offer an alternative perspective on the author's original underlying meanings and messages. This creation will present a temporary tribute marked by a deep admiration for the Montreal poet on the occasion of the 1st anniversary of his death and the 375th anniversary of his hometown.

"Jenny Holzer is one of the most innovative, singular and renowned contemporary artists and I am extremely pleased that she will be taking part in our exhibition. Her extraordinary creations will contribute to give Leonard Cohen a creative and touching tribute, equal to the impact of his work, "says John Zeppetelli, Director and chief curator of the MAC.

The MAC and CBC/Radio-Canada are teaming up to give life to Leonard Cohen's legacy.
The MAC and CBC/Radio-Canada have entered into a brand-new partnership that will combine the strengths of the Museum and the broadcaster to celebrate Leonard Cohen's music and writing.

The exhibition Leonard Cohen - Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything, will act as a springboard enabling the partners to join forces to co-create and co-present various levels of additional Cohen related programming and content. A series of specially produced live concerts and events, as part of the exhibition, will be captured and broadcasted across the broadcaster's various platforms. Plus CBC / Radio-Canada will also open its Cohen archives and allow artists to use its material to create works to be presented at the MAC. This co-operative partnership will also enable both organizations the ability to crossover traditional lines, allowing the public greater access to the exhibition, the artistic works and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Cohen, his literary and musical works and his legacy.

Musée 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 a also 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.

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada's trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective.

About the Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary
The Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize the celebrations and socioeconomic contributions that will mark Montréal's 375th anniversary in 2017.

With a focus on promoting Montréal expertise, it acts as a catalyst for local forces in carrying out its mandate: to mobilize the community, implement a funding strategy, rigorously manage public funds, develop quality programming and ensure the visibility of the celebrations.

The Society benefits from the support of the Ville de Montréal, the Québec government, the Canada government and private funding from 11 Great Montrealers. For more information, see

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To learn more about the contribution of the Québec government, a major partner in Montréal's 375th anniversary celebrations, visit the website of the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Occupation du territoire.

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For further information: 375MTL source: Isabelle Pelletier /, 514 238-4178; MAC source: Steven Ross /, 514 847-6232


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