6 must-see exhibitions in Montreal

6 exhibitions to see absolutely in Montreal

For visual art enthusiasts or those who simply wish to escape the hot days in Montreal, Metro has selected six exhibitions not to be missed in the metropolis this summer. 

Frida Kahlo, the life of an icon

Montreal is the only Canadian city to host the immersive exhibition Frida Kahlo, the Life of an Iconwhich focuses on the life of the famous Mexican painter. This is the only official exhibition in the world of the artist to date. This critically acclaimed event will take place at the Arsenal Contemporary Art Center from June 10.

6 must-see exhibitions in Montreal

Credits: Frida Kahlo Corporation

L'heure mauve de Nicolas Party

Presented at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) until October 16, the Swiss artist's first exhibition in Canada brings together watercolours, pastels and sculptures, including some twenty recent works never exhibited. Through more than 100 works and a series of large murals created in situ, L'heure mauve, set to music by Pierre Lapointe, aims to be a poetic journey as close as possible to nature.< /p>

6 exhibitions to see absolutely Montreal

Nicolas Party and Pierre Lapointe at the MMFA for L’mauve hour Credits: Richmond Lam

Museum of Current Art/Department of Invisibles (MAADI ) by Stanley Juillet

MAADIis a conceptual and performative work that was conceived by Stanley Juillet in response to a gap, that of neglected creators, to correct inequalities. The project, which includes a body of works, including installations, sculptures, photographs, paintings and videos, will be exhibited at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from June 15 to August 28. The Montreal artist engages in a critical examination of the art world and its establishments, exploring the social, cultural and power dynamics that contribute to the under-representation of artists who are “invisibilized” within it.


6 exhibitions to see absolutely to visit Montreal

CODE BLANC: My-Van Dam, Stanley Juillet, Maryam Izadifard, Looking Forward, 2021. Credits: Jean-Guy Turgeon

Queer Photographs by JJ Levine 

As part of its 100th anniversary, the McCord Museum presents the exhibition of trans Montreal photographer JJ Levine until September 18. The artist specializes in intimate portraiture and challenges the representation of traditional binary gender roles. Photos from his Queer Portraits, Alone Time and Switch series are featured in his solo exhibition Queer Photographs

6 exhibitions to see absolutely to visit; Montreal

JJ Levine, Crystal and Harley 2019, 2019. Credits: Courtesy

Expo World Press Photo 

< p>The emblematic event of the new cultural season in Montreal returns, after an enforced pandemic break, to Marché Bonsecours from August 31 to October 2. The World Press Photo exhibition, organized since 1955 by the World Press Photo Foundation, presents more than 4000 press photos presenting different perspectives on events that have taken place all over the world.  

6 must-see exhibitions in Montreal

Credits: Courtesy

Van Gogh – Distortion

Presented all l’ summer at the OASIS space of the Palais des congrès, this immersive exhibition entirely designed in Montreal is worth the detour. Young and old alike will be able to marvel at the masterful work of the painter Vincent Van Gogh by discovering it for the first time or by immersing themselves in it from an angle never before explored. Tickets are on sale now for $32.19 for adults.

6 must-see exhibitions in Montreal

Credits: Victorine Yok-Thot Sentilhes

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