MONTREAL, Oct. 17, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Last Wednesday, October 3, at the ceremony presenting the 2012 awards of the Société des musées québécois (SMQ), the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal won the Prix Publication for its exhibition catalogue titled The Québec Triennial 2011. The Work Ahead of Us. The announcement at the annual SMQ event read, in part: "For its scholarly value and perfect fit with the museum's mission, its innovative design and the contributions provided by more than twenty specialists in the field, and the act of affirmation it represents, to artists and the public, the jury has awarded the 2012 Prix Publication to the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal for the work The Québec Triennial 2011…. This publication is impressive for the quality of the texts written by the curators and the many guest authors and … is the second-largest publication put out by the institution since it was founded in 1964."
The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal is delighted that the SMQ has honoured it with this award and wishes to thank all those who contributed to the publication, in particular the exhibition curators, Marie Fraser, Chief Curator at the MAC, Lesley Johnstone, Mark Lanctôt, François LeTourneux and Louise Simard. The MAC would also like to acknowledge the major role played by the magazine esse arts + opinions, Musée editor Chantal Charbonneau, design studio Épicentre and all the participating artists in producing this publication.
For the opening of its second Triennial in September 2011, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal released a lavishly illustrated 500-page catalogue. Intended as a reference work on contemporary art in Québec, the publication takes stock of artistic practices that have developed in recent years and demonstrates the contribution made by authors who have studied these practices and are now producing an important critical discourse. The first part, written by the five exhibition curators, is devoted to introducing the Triennial and the artists, while the second and third parts are the product of a collaborative undertaking with esse arts + opinions magazine and the efforts of a scholarly committee. To provide an overall picture and contextualize the Triennial, the Musée invited four authors - Johanne Sloan, Patrice Loubier, Eduardo Ralickas and Bernard Schütze - to draw on their research in order to reflect on what they consider to be the issues of contemporary art in Québec. The publication concludes with a glossary of some thirty common contemporary art terms, drawn up by Véronique Leblanc. It is accompanied by a thematic bibliography and a list of Québec artists deemed representative of the various approaches and art practices current today.
SOURCE: Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
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