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Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal Opens A Matter of Abstraction. New Permanent Exhibition

The Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal presents A Matter of Abstraction. a new permanent exhibition, on view from April 12, 2012.

Alfred Pellan, “Sous-terre,” 1938. Oil on canvas Collection of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Photo by MACM © Alfred Pellan Estate / SODRAC (2012

Following a chronological and thematic approach, the exhibition showcases key works from the museum’s Permanent Collection, which today form a priceless public heritage. The presentation of A Matter of Abstraction was made possible by a substantial grant from Québec’s Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine under its program of support for permanent exhibitions. This major exhibition will run until March 2016. After Place à la magie, it is the second permanent exhibition since 1992 of works from the MAC Collection.

The broad overview provided by the exhibition covers the period from 1940 to 2010, in a display of 110 pieces produced by 60 artists. This multidisciplinary selection encompasses painting, drawing, video and sculpture, with particular emphasis on Québec works in the Collection.

A Matter of Abstraction is laid out in a series of groupings, the first of which features works by Borduas and Riopelle, which are clearly indispensable. The circuit continues with a space devoted to pieces by the Automatists, including Fernand Leduc, Pierre Gauvreau, Jean-Paul Mousseau, Claude Gauvreau, Marcel Barbeau and Marcelle Ferron. In the next section, we learn how the Early Plasticians—Jauran, Louis Belzile, Fernand Toupin and Jean-Paul Jérôme, as well as Guido Molinari, Claude Tousignant and Fernand Leduc—developed an abstract, geometric visual language during the 1950s and 1960s. Further on, we explore the marriage of gestural expression and structural dynamics as represented in the works of artists like Yves Gaucher, Charles Gagnon, Jacques Hurtubise and Jean McEwen. Nearby, sculptures by artists such as Armand Vaillancourt, Robert Roussil, Françoise Sullivan, Peter Gnass, Henry Saxe, and Roland Poulin reveal different forms of abstraction. To conclude, A Matter of Abstraction presents works by new generations of artists who have been motivated and inspired by the search for abstraction, among them Christian Kiopini, Richard Mill, Louis Comtois, Stéphane La Rue and Francine Savard.

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
185, Sainte-Catherine Ouest
Montréal Qc H2X 3X5
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