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.

At 690 Sherbrooke St. W. Call (514) 398-7100 or visit


The Canadian Center for Architecture presents some schoolhouse basics with “ABC: MTL, A Self-Portrait of Montreal,” a collection of music videos, photography, sculptures, installations, drawings, models and workshops.

This original view of Montreal is quite hands on as locals and tourists are invited to submit their own works that explore original perspectives of the city. Pick a letter, from A for autoroute to Z for zoning, to add your own take on Montreal. It continues through March 31.

At 1920 Baile St. Call (514) 939-7026 or visit


Whistle, hum and sing a happy tune at the Montreal Science Centre with its latest exhibition, “Musik: From Sound to Emotion.” The exhibit lets visitors create their own musical score complete with rhythms, melodies and tones using an MP3 player. “Musik” plays through March 10.

The onsite IMAX Theater also offers two distinct big-screen offerings: “To the Arctic 3D” and “Rocky Mountain Express.”

At the King Edward Pier in the Old Port. Call (514) 496-4724 or visit www.


The Stewart Museum offers “Craving for Design: Kitchen Design from the 18th Century to Tomorrow,” an exhibit that explores the kitchen and all its comfy contents.

The Stewart Museum is located on Parc Jean Drapeau just under the Jacques Cartier Bridge. Call (514) 861-6701 or visit


Finally, it’s your last chance to catch some abstract realism at Musee d’art Contemporain, which winds down its fall exhibitions highlighting the works of Pierre Dorion and Janet Biggs.

Dorion offers minimalist architectural takes that include storefronts and apartment interiors, while intriguing videos by Biggs ventures to the likes of the Arctic Circle, a coal mine and a sulphur mine.

At 185 Ste. Catherine St. W. Call (514) 847-6226 or visit

Steven Howell is the author of Montreal Essential Guide, a Sutro Media iPhone travel app available at