Art

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Abstract Expressionism and the Cold War

On March 1, 1951 Vogue magazine published four pages of photographs by Cecil Beaton, in which two models showed the latest fashion creations in front of Jackson Pollock’s Lavender Mist, Number 28, Number 27, and Autumn Rhythm. The Vogue photographs exemplify the dichotomy of American culture in the 1950s: the contrast between Pollock’s paintings and the dresses emphasized the split between conformity within Cold War culture and the avant-garde modernism of post-war America. When Christian Dior introduced his New Look shortly after WWII, bringing back the corseted hour-glass-figure look, as well as lavish skirts and excessive fabrics, he undid the Chanel revolution of the comfort of jerseys and slacks. The fashion industry seemed to return to pre-WWI bourgeois values and tastes. Beaton’s photographs of the Spring-ball gowns portray a type of the post-war woman: an apolitical upper-middle-class consumer socially integrated in post-war conformity.

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Berlin – City of Women – Exhibition at the Ephraim Palais

From March 17 to August 28, 2016 the Ephraim-Palais in Berlin presents the exhibition “Berlin – Stadt der Frauen” (Berlin – City of Women). The exhibit focuses on the lives of twenty strong women, demonstrating how they shaped Berlin’s history, how they cast off social and political constraints, and provides an insight into many aspects of the women’s movement, with a special focus on the issue of emancipation through education. No matter what era they belonged to or which profession they practised, all of these women determined and shaped their own lives. Connected by their backgrounds in the educated middle-class and having access to similar opportunities, these women nonetheless experienced many challenges in their journeys from tradition to emancipation.
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Horst (photo by McCord)Horst: Photographer of Style

Between May 14 and August 23, 2015, the McCord Museum is hosting the Horst: Photographer of Style exhibition, the first major retrospective of Vogue fashion photographer Horst P. Horst (1906-1999). This touring exhibition is produced by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

 
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Quinn Rooney, Russian Synchronized swim team, Barcelona, Getty ImagesWorld Press Photo Montreal 2014

The ninth edition of World Press Photo Montreal officially opens tomorrow at Marché Bonsecours in the Old Port and will be on display until September 28, 2014. Here are some highlights from this incredible exhibition:

 
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MAC Nocturnes (photo by K.Sark)

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal – 50th Anniversary Nocturnes

Montréal’s Musée d’Art Contemporain (MAC) is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this summer. Its latest exhibition, Grace of a Gesture, features 200 iconic pieces from the collection that have been donated to the MAC since it was founded in 1964. The exhibition will be on display from June 18 until September 7, 2014.
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Music – Quebec: From Charlebois to Arcade Fire (photo by K.Sark)

Music – Quebec: From Charlebois to Arcade Fire

Musée McCord opened its new exhibit Musique – Le Québec de Charlebois à Arcade Fire,on display from May 30 to October 13, 2014. The exhibit explores the Quebec music scene from the 1960s to today.
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MAC, Digital Nocturnes (photo by K.Sark) Digital Nocturnes – Les Nocturnes du MAC

On Friday, May 23, 2014, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) invited visitors to explore its Digital Nocturnes exhibitions at night. Open until 3am, and featuring DJs, electronic music, and cocktails, the museum presented a different way to enjoy contemporary and digital art.

 

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Mosaïcultures Internationales (photo by K.Sark)Mosaïcultures and Gardens of Light at the Montréal Botanical Garden

Montréal is a green city. Escaping its city noise, traffic, and hectic only takes a short Bixi or metro ride. There are many nature nooks that restore and rejuvenate Montréalers after a week at the office (its various parks, Mount-Royal,  Île Sainte-Hélène, Canal Lachine). One of Montréal’s hidden treasures is the Botanical Garden, which currently features two special exhibitions, Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal (MIM) and the Gardens of Light. 
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The BeatlesBeatles in Montréal 1964 – Exhibition at Pointe-à-Callière Museum

Pointe-à-Callière Museum presents The Beatles in Montréal exhibition from March 29, 2013 to March 30, 2014, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the event. 360 objects are on display, including personal items, objects signed by The Beatles, records, instruments, Beatlemania-related items, film excerpts, archival photos, and pages from newspapers.
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Chihuly at Musee des Beaux Arts (photo by K.Sark)Chihuly in Montréal

The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal is currently showing the work of Tacoma, Washington-native glass artist Dale Chihuly (b. 1941) and his elaborate, colourful, and exquisite glass shapes, chandeliers, towers, and gardens.
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Tom Wesselmann and the Art of Colour

The latest exhibition at Montréal’s Musée des Beaux-Arts brings together colours, pop art, fashion, and advertising like never before. The exhibition Tom Wesselmann: Beyond Pop Art is on from May 19 to October 7, 2012 and comprises 180 major works, some never before exhibited, featuring collages, billboards, nudes, 3-D abstractions, maquettes, archival documents, photographs, letters, music, and so on.
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Vienna Secession – Klimt, Freud and Jung

On May 22, 1897, Gustav Klimt led a group of artists to resign the Viennese Künstlerhaus, a state-sponsored art institution under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture. The dispute was not merely a conflict between contrasting aesthetics, but rather a question of value and status of art itself. The resigning artists believed that art and culture should be left to the artists, rather than statesmen. This break led to the formation of the Vienna Secession and Vienna’s entrance in the ranks of the European avant-garde.

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Beethoven Frieze – The Kiss to the Whole World 

Gustav Klimt’s 1902 frieze is based on Richard Wagner’s interpretation of the 9th Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven, celebrating humankind’s yearning for happiness. The 34-meter long wall painting shows humanity struggling to overcome hostile forces such as sickness, madness, wantonness, and intemperance, and finally finding eternal bliss in art. The singing angels and the lovers embracing in the final section of the fresco refer to the symphony’s closing choir and Friedrich Schiller’s famous ode To Joy: “This kiss to the whole world!”
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Helmut Lang – Deconstruction of Fashion

The Viennese fashion designer Helmut Lang stopped his fashion career in 2005 to concentrate on his artistic pursuits. His third solo exhibition, entitled “Make it hard” was shown at The Fireplace Project gallery in East Hampton  July 22 – August 8, 2011.

 

 

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Street Art in Berlin – Kai Jakob

Street Art in Berlin (Version 4.0) is the fourth edition of the collection of Berlin street art photographs by the freelance photographer Kai Jakob. Capturing a temporal artistic medium, the book presents the work of Berlin street artists such as: XOOOOX (working with stencils in Berlin since 2001), El Bocho (the creator of “Little Lucy”), Just (since 1999), Emess, Dolk, Linda’s Ex, Alias, Tower, SP 38.

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Visions & Fashion – Exhibition at the Kulturforum

Just in time for the Berlin Fashion Week starting next week, the Lipperheide Costume Library at the Kultuforum at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin opened its new exhibition, entitled “Visions & Fashion: Images of Fashion 1980-2010” on display from June 30 until October 9, 2011.
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Richard Long – Berlin Circle

The current exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum of Contemporary Art in Berlin takes the shape of the circle as the archetypal focus form. The main exhibition hall of theformer train station (converted into a museum in 1996) has been turned into a sculptural landscape by the artist Richard Long, whose ‘Berlin Circle’ is part of the Museum’s permanent collection, by the collector Erich Marx.

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F.C. Gundlach and the Modern Woman on the Street

As Perry Anderson pointed out, “German culture in the past third of a century has been distinguished less as a matrix of ideas than of images” (Anderson, “A NEW GERMANY?” April 2009). With the explosion of visual culture and new media over the past century, his claim is almost self-evident, yet the question becomes then, how is this matrix of images constructed, and what kinds of narratives do those images create? Capturing images of fashion and film for popular magazines of post-war Germany, F.C. Gundlach’s photographs have no doubt become part of this visual matrix.

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L’Affichiste – Vintage Poster Gallery

I recently discovered L’Affichiste gallery, a true Montréal treasure, a beautiful gallery space, run by a wonderful, inspiring, and very knowledgeable woman, who is a poster expert and writer. Karen specializes in original, non-reproduction vintage posters from 1880 to present, and her passion for her work makes you want to start collecting vintage posters and to study their history.
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Sainte-Catherine Street Makes the Headlines!

History in Montréal has had a hard time to persist. Even a city like L.A., commonly known as a soul-less place, has pockets of tangible (and cinematic) history spread throughout its vast, disjointed boroughs. History reveals itself, usually accompanied by nostalgia, in old heritage buildings, diners and dives, bars where everybody knows your name, and legendary hang-outs where local and international artists, writers, and musicians sought inspiration or refuge. Montréal is not particularly successful at preserving its heritage treasures. The once legendary Forum is only one example. History disappears below several levels of commercialization and gentrification. But occasionally history re-surfaces in the museums.
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The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army

The latest exhibition at the Montréal Musée des Beaux-Arts is not only about the masculine pursuit of power and immortal legacy, but also about the way in which we construct meaning about this world and the afterlife. About our struggle against time and memory, and about the types of narratives we construct out of our lives for the future generations to uncover.

 

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We Want Miles

Just in time for the Montréal Jazz Fest, the Musée des Beaux-Arts presents a multimedia retrospective We Want Miles. The exhibition is a time capsule, a glimpse into the life of  jazz legend Miles Davis (1926-1991). Each room reveals a new segment of his life, a new album, a new inspiration, along with amazing photographs, records, personal letters and artifacts, costumes, instruments, and music to provide the maximum sensory experience.

 

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Haute Couture Collection / Spring Summer 2011 - Dior by John Galliano - Image courtesy of Laziz Hamani Paris, FranceBIG Fashion at ROM

Since November 3, 2012, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) presents BIG, a fashion installation in the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume on Level 4 in the
Museum’s Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. This exhibition is exclusively drawn from the ROM’s collection of nearly 50,000 textiles and costumes. Showcasing 40 artifacts from around the world, this unique exhibition includes objects assuming their BIG status in a myriad of ways. With some objects publicly displayed for the first time, the installation offers a fresh, new way of exploring the ROM’s renowned collections. BIG continues until Fall 2013.
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Aladdin Sane (photo by Brian Duffy)Bowie is… at the AGO in Toronto

This fall the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) offers North America its first chance to take an exciting odyssey through the world of David Bowie in the exhibition “David Bowie is,” created by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London. Spanning five decades and featuring more than 300 objects from Bowie’s personal archive, the multi-media show exposes the ground-breaking artist’s collaborations in the fields of fashion, sound, theatre, art, and film. The exhibition opened on Sept. 25, 2013 and runs to Nov. 27, 2013.

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Striding Lion terracotta relief, Babylon, Southern Citadel. 605 - 562 BCE. From the throne room facade of the palace of King Nebuchadnezzar II © ROM 2013Babylon in Toronto

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is currently hosting the Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World exhibition, designed by the British Museum and curated by ROM’s curator of World Cultures, Clemens Reichel together with Sarah Collins, Early Mesopotamia curator at the British Museum (on display until January 5, 2014).

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