Art Exhibits You Won't Want To Miss

Some of them are closing soon, so hurry!


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Photo cred – Horst P. Horst

Looking to show off your art appreciation to visiting friends or maybe a new date? Montreal definitely has enough museums and galleries to keep you covered. Here's 4 exhibits (and 1 permanent piece) where you can go to pass an interesting, air-conditioned afternoon of culture.

Marion Wagschal: Portraits, Memories, Fables

Ending on August 9th (so hurry), the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is featuring an exhibition of nearly thirty paintings created between 1971-2014 by Marion Wagschal, a Montreal artist whose work is often described as allegorical. Her portraits tell vivid and realistic stories through intimate and often unsettling glimpses of how time and life affect her human subjects. This is not an idealized, soft-focus view of the world; people with ragged faces and saggy bodies remind us of time’s steady march. See this sensitive and revealing exhibit before it’s gone.

Location Info: 1380 Sherbrooke Street West

Horst: Photographer of Style

The McCord Museum is currently presenting the first North American exclusive retrospective of the works of German-American photographer, Horst P. Horst. Renowned as one of the 20th century’s most influential fashion and portrait photographers, Horst’s elegant and sophisticated photographs appeared for over 60 years in some of the world’s most prestigious magazines. The exhibit ends on August 23rd, so these next few weeks are your last chance to see 250 of his prints and some of the designer dresses featured in his works. This exhibition, produced by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, is definitely one you shouldn’t miss.

Location Info: 690 Sherbrooke Street West

David Altmejd’s Flux

You have until September 13th to see David Altmejd’s sci-fi-esque sculptures. Born in Montreal and influenced by his half-Jewish, half-Catholic upbringing, this exhibit will leave you with a lot to think about in terms of humanity, biology, religion and connection. Much of his work may seem strange, some may appear violent but all of it is beautiful. See this exhibit at the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal.

Location Info: 185 St. Catherine Street West

Metamorphoses: In Rodin’s Studio

Running until October 18th, this exhibit of work by Auguste Rodin at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has plenty to keep you satisfied. Focusing on Rodin’s studio practice, the exhibit has a mix of plaster, bronze and marble sculptures–each contained in rooms meant to represent Rodin’s workshop. For some kid-friendly art history, bring the family to MMFA for workshops next Saturday, August 1st.

Location Info: 1380 Sherbrooke Street West

A Fragment of the Berlin Wall

Not exactly an art exhibit, but a historical artifact worth checking out–did you know that Montreal has a segment of the Berlin Wall? It’s a permanent fixture and we’ve had it since 1992, when the city of Berlin donated it to us for Montreal’s 350th birthday.

Location Info: 747 du Square-Victoria Street



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