Despite two years here, I never quite made it to the Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal. I went both times I was in Montreal as a visitor, but even though its about a 5 minute walk from my apartment, never as a resident. Anyway, that changed this past weekend thanks in part to my quest to take in all of Montreal’s offerings as per this “series” of entries, but mostly due to a group of friends that were in town and going (previously Montrealers for undergrad and my roommates last year, they were born in Vancouver, and they now are in Toronto finding work, which is the great Canadian geographic plan it seems).
Anyway, it was the first week of “Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed,” a showcase of 135 works from 38 Quebecois artists and collectives, most showing for the first time. Featuring video, sound, painting, sculpture, installation, photography, collage, drawing and performance, it was a wonderfully mixed bag only accentuated by the fact that many of the works came from first timers. My expertise in art criticism or interpretation is non-existent, so I’m not expanding any future. But below are some photos that I snuck past the security guard (who eventually caught me and held on to my camera until I left, pretending not to speak English even though I totally heard him give directions to the bathroom in English earlier), and I strongly advise checking it out if youre in Montreal between now and September.