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October 17, 2013

New exhibits offered at Montreal museums

MONTREAL — From Italian splendor of centuries past to present-day hip-hop artistic influences, Montreal museums abound with an eclectic array of art this fall.


First up, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents “Splendore a Venezia: Art and Music from the Renaissance to Baroque in Venice.” The sumptuous visual feast highlights 120 works — paintings, prints, drawings, historical instruments and musical manuscripts — on display from some of the finest cultural institutions in the world, including the Musee du Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Washington’s National Gallery of Art, and London’s National Gallery. Of note: the first edition of “The Four Seasons” by Vivaldi is on display. “Splendore a Venezia” continues through Jan. 19, 2014.

In addition, the summer blockbuster of exquisite glass sculptures created by Dale Chihuly in an exhibition titled “Chihuly: Utterly Breathtaking” has been extended through Sunday, Oct. 27.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is at 1380 Sherbrooke St. W. Adult admission costs $22.50. Admission to the permanent collection is always free. Call (514) 285-2000 or visit for details. 


A few city blocks away — but a world apart — Musee d’art Contemporain offers “Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture.” The unique artistic and musical take delves into the contrasting world of urban culture and Aboriginal identity through paintings, sculptures, installations, performances and videos.

“Beat Nation” continues through Jan. 5, 2014.

Also on display is the haunting work “The Woolworths Choir of 1979” by 2012 Turner Prize-winner and British artist Elizabeth Price. The video installation explores a tragic fire that took place in a Woolworths’ department store in Manchester, England. It’s on display through Sunday, Dec. 1.

The museum is at 185 Ste. Catherine St. W. Adult admission costs $12. For more information, call (514) 847-6226 or visit


Pointe a Calliere, the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History, offers a new temporary exhibition beginning Wednesday, Oct. 23, called “Lives and Times of the Plateau,” an endearing stroll through one of Montreal’s most vibrant neighborhoods. 

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