The MMFA introduces
its exhibitions for 2022
From Nicolas Party to Jean-Michel Basquiat, the MBAM unveils five monographic exhibitions
December 14, 2021
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is pleased to announce the exhibitions that will be on view in 2022. As part of its mission to amplify the voices of artists of the past and present, the MMFA will present five monographic exhibitions devoted to major figures of the twentieth century (Diane Arbus and Jean-Michel Basquiat) as well as leading artists on the current art scene (Shary Boyle, Nicolas Party and Adam Pendleton).
… explore little-known links between Inuit visual art and music through a rich body of work by artists from the circumpolar regions.
This new program highlights strong distinctive works, while offering a critical and inclusive perspective that reflects current issues. An ambitious thematic exhibition will also explore little-known links between Inuit visual art and music through a rich body of work by artists from the circumpolar regions.
For his first exhibition in Canada, the MMFA has given him carte blanche to combine his works with those of its rich encyclopedic collection.
Designed entirely by the Swiss artist, the exhibition Nicolas Party: L’heure mauve, opening in February, will present a poetic meditation on the representation of nature in art in the Museum’s oldest galleries.
In another Canadian premiere, the MMFA will present the work of New York-based artist Adam Pendleton as of March with the exhibition Adam Pendleton: These Things We’ve Done Together. Four new monumental paintings from his iconic series Untitled (WE ARE NOT) will be exhibited in conjunction with seven drawings from the defining Black Dada series and a moving video portrait of dancer, choreographer and avant-garde filmmaker Yvonne Rainer.
Canadian artist Shary Boyle is known for her porcelain figurine sculptures from her often strange and disturbing world.
In Shary Boyle: Outside the Palace of Me, a multi-sensory project opening in late August, the visual artist explores the creative nature of identity and personality in an age where social media has become a stage for self-presentation.
Over a period of fifteen years, artist Diane Arbus produced one of the most captivating bodies of photographs of the last century.
Opening in September, Diane Arbus: Photographs, 1956-1971, will feature gelatin silver prints by the artist.
From her intimate explorations of the streets of New York to her large-format portraits, some ninety images will bear witness to the singular revolutionary vision of the celebrated photographer.
Starting in October, the multimedia exhibition Music and the Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat will offer an innovative in-depth exploration of the artistic and musical career of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Featuring paintings, drawings, sound clips, films and numerous archival documents, the exhibition will immerse visitors in the New York of the 1970s and 1980s where Basquiat lived as an artist, music lover and musician. It will explore his connection to the music business and the musical inspirations, from jazz to hip hop, that shaped his work.
Inuit Art, Dance and Song
As of November, Music Born of the Cold: Inuit Art, Dance and Song will address a hitherto little explored theme: the place of music in Inuit visual art.
Combining anthropology and Indigenous art history, this exhibition will offer a studied panorama of contemporary and traditional works from the circumpolar regions, featuring sculptures, prints, drawings and installations that illustrate Inuit musical expression in all its forms.
Throughout the coming year, numerous talks, artistic performances and educational activities for all audiences will round out the program. mbam.qc.ca
Image: Courtesy of MMFA
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Boasting more than 1.3 million visitors annually, the MMFA is one of Canada’s most visited museums and the eighth-most visited museum in North America. The Museum’s original temporary exhibitions combine various artistic disciplines – fine arts, music, film, fashion and design – and are exported around the world. Its rich encyclopedic collection, distributed among five pavilions, includes international art, world cultures, decorative arts and design, and Quebec and Canadian art. For more information, consult the Website mmfa.qc.ca