December 27, 2012

Montreal exhibits showcase variety

Montreal museums offer diverse themes over holidays

MONTREAL — Take a holiday week break at your favorite Montreal museum.

Here’s what is available:


There’s still some time to visit “A History of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Clark” at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibit highlights paintings by Renoir, Degas, Gauguin, Manet and Monet, among other. It continues through Jan. 20.

“A Flower = A Human Being” is a family-friendly exhibit that explores “loneliness, rejection and indifference.” The exhibit combines works from artist Danielle Roy with Montreal-area schoolchildren who were inspired by the Museum of Fine Arts collection and visit to the Montreal Botanical Garden. It also continues through Jan. 20.

The Museum of Fine Arts Contemporary Art Square offers “As Far as We Were, as Close as I Can,” a collection of photographs by Chih-Chien Wang, a Taiwanese-born Montreal photographer and video artist. It continues through March 17.

The Design Lab displays “Piano Panier Piano Panier: The Shopping Cart as Seen by Paprika and ‘Good Design’ at an Affordable Price,” a unique installation that offers a look at everyday objects through color and graphic design. It runs through March 31.

The Museum of Fine Arts is at 1379 Sherbrooke St. W. Call (514) 285-2000 or visit

The McCord Museum of Canadian History offers “Toys 3: The Voyage,” a most appropriate holiday-themed exhibit for ages 3 to 9 that displays some 200 vintage toys, games and artifacts form the museum’s permanent collection. It continues through April 28.

Also on display is “Families,” a home-spun collection crafted by artist Marie-Claude Bouthillier full of paintings, textiles, board games, quilts, bedspreads, arrow sashes — and memories. It runs through April 14.

“Sublime Cities” highlights the photography prowess of artist Mimmo Jodice, who captures unique architectural glimpses of Naples, New York, Moscow and Montreal in simple but stunning black and white. It continues through March 10.

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