Out & About

August 30, 2012

Master French impressionists' work among fall exhibition offerings

MONTREAL — The change of seasons brings an abundance of new exhibitions to Montreal museums.


First up, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents a Canadian premiere and exclusive titled “A History of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Clark.” The exhibit highlights paintings by the likes of Renoir, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Morisot, Pissarro and Sisley. The exhibit, currently on a worldwide tour, comes courtesy of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass. It runs Oct. 13 through Jan. 20.

Also on display at 1379 Sherbrooke St. W. will be “The Art of the Picture Book,” a free exhibition of more than 80 original artworks created by Canadian illustrators of children’s book. It’s presented Sept. 14 through Oct. 14.

MFA is also offering a new pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art and new galleries devoted to European Art and Decorative Arts and Design. Call (514) 285-2000 or visit for more information.

Musee d’art Contemporain offers 70 contemporary works by Quebec artist Pierre Dorion, which includes new paintings; photography; installations; and “Chambres avec vues,” a small-scale reconstruction of an exhibition mounted in 1999 in a vacant apartment in Montreal. 

Next is an exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist Janet Biggs, which offers video, photography and performance works. Both run from Oct. 4 through Jan. 6.

Also on display is “A Matter of Abstraction,” a collection of 100 paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and videos spanning seven decades from 1940 to 2010, which highlights the finest Montreal School abstract art. The museum is at 185 Ste. Catherine St. W. For more information, call (514) 847-6226 or visit

The McCord Museum of Canadian History lives up to its name with plenty to enjoy, including “Montreal Points of View,” the museum’s permanent exhibition that explores 10 facets of Montreal history.

On now is “Cartooning Calamities,” a light-hearted look at editorial cartoons that depict 150 years of catastrophes. The exhibits are on display at 690 Sherbrooke St. W. Call (514) 398-7100 or visit for details.

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