After four months of closure, the museums of Quebec are finally preparing to reopen their doors in turn this week. Several museum institutions have also taken advantage of this closure to refresh their walls with new exhibitions. Here is an overview of what awaits visitors who will finally be able to reconnect with face-to-face art, all over Quebec!
► Rules to follow
◆ The first step before going to the museum is to visit the website or call to find out how to book. Most museums require time stamped tickets, but some keep a small number of tickets for impromptu tours.
◆ Wearing a mask is compulsory, but museums do not require a procedural mask. Reusable fabric masks are accepted.
◆ The visit must be made by following the routes marked on the ground and determined by the museums.
◆ Several hydroalcoholic gel stations are scattered around the museums.
◆ The number of people is limited in each room so that the distance can be respected.
Turner in the spotlight
Extended until May 2 due to its late opening, the exhibition Turner and the sublime will allow visitors to finally wander between the powerful paintings of Joseph William Mallord Turner, the famous English painter, watercolourist and engraver who transformed landscape painting. No less than 77 works will bear witness to the highlights of his career, between spectacular storms and tumultuous seas. A detour via the Gérard-Morisset pavilion will take you to the imposing exhibition 350 years of artistic practice in Quebec.
◆ Reopening date: February 10
Cinema, fishing and technology
The Musée du Vieux-Québec will finally be able to inaugurate Special effects !, his new flagship exhibition on the secrets of cinema. The different special effects techniques, the stages of creating a film and the professions associated with it will be discussed in this highly technological exhibition, filled with screens and interactive experiences. The other rooms of the museum also house the exhibitions Fishing stories, which reports the highlights of the development of freshwater sport fishing in Quebec, and Head in the cloud, fascinating exhibition on technology.
◆ Reopening date: February 18
Three new exhibitions
On the Baie St-Paul side, the Contemporary Art Museum is celebrating its reopening with three new exhibitions. Since its International Art Symposium was canceled in 2020, the museum presents The Symposium: from event to exhibition, which showcases around forty works produced live between 1982 and 2019. The multidisciplinary artist Mathieu Valade will awaken our senses with the exhibition The other side of the mirror works that oscillate between sculpture, video, installation and photography. The museum will also inaugurate the new permanent exhibition Conceive or The evolution of a creative posture.
◆ Reopening date: February 12
An archaeological exhibition
History buffs are invited to the exhibition Fragments of humanity, which celebrates half a century of Quebec discoveries with 210 pieces of significant archeology that reveal different facets of our heritage. The pieces, gathered under four main themes, come from the large drawers of the Archaeological Reserve of the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications (MCC), but also from fifteen other lenders in Quebec. This is a traveling exhibition from the Pointe-à-Callière Museum.
◆ Date of reopening: February 26
Haute couture and caricature
The outfits of Christian Dior, an emblematic figure of Parisian haute couture that he revived after the Second World War, are today worn by women all over the world. More than fifty pieces of clothing created between 1947 and 1957 paint a portrait of the process of creation of this genius of luxurious fabrics and romantic embroidery. Fashion is not your thing? There are also the exhibitions Chapleau – Profession: cartoonist, Griffintown – Montreal in flux and Wearing your identity – The First Peoples collection.
◆ Reopening date: February 11
Pirates and trains
Want to cast off? On the occasion of its reopening, the Pointe-à-Callière museum invites freshwater sailors to the exhibition On board! Pirates or privateers? where they will cross swords with the Blackbeards, Calico Jack and other Black Bart in an immersive journey leading them to the heart of New France. Those who prefer the floor of the cows to the excursions on the high seas can fall back on it Train, carrier of dreams, where hundreds of model trains will allow them a foray into the world of the railway industry, an inexhaustible source of fascination for young and old.
◆ Reopening date: February 11
On the trail of Riopelle
Some 175 works – some unpublished, others restored – and 200 artefacts will help visitors to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to retrace the journey of Jean-Paul Riopelle and his fascination with nordicity and autochthony. Once there, we can be tempted by one or other of the other three exhibitions open to the public, either GRAFIK! Five centuries of German graphic artsand Austrians, Manuel Mathieu: Survivance and Yehouda Chaki: Mi Mikir. In search of the missing.
◆ Date of reopening: February 11
From Nicolas Fleming to Joyce Echaquan
The Canadian artists Nicolas Fleming, Joseph Tisiga and Philippe Arcand will be in the spotlight from tomorrow at the Joliette Art Museum to welcome visitors. Other points of interest: a mural dedicated to the memory of Joyce Echaquan, erected by the artist Euroma Awashish, and a collection of bronzes signed Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Côté, Alfred Laliberté and Louis-Philippe Hébert, in addition to permanent exhibition The united islands.
◆ Reopening date: February 9
An eclectic offer
No less than four exhibitions will await visitors at the Museum of Contemporary Art, starting Wednesday. The piece de resistance ? The machine that taught birds to air, bringing together the visions of more than thirty Montrealers exploring, in their own way, the materiality of language.
We can also take advantage of our visit to discover the social, political or even feminist concerns of 21 artists through Horizons of expectation, then explore the ocean, capable of both beauty and horror, through the eyes of filmmaker John Akomfrah with Vertigo Sea. Visitors will also be able to stroll through a selection of 300 works from the museum’s collection brought together by its director general, John Zeppetelli.
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