When it comes to art history, Canada is often an unsung hero of the movement towards abstraction and contemporary art. The Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art’s exhibition that launched in 2012 attempts to reconcile the often-overlooked Montreal school and many important Canadian artists that helped shape the way we look at art today along with the contemporary movements that grew from it. The exhibition, which is part of the museum’s permanent collection, contains over 100 different works from 1939 to the present day. The show is set up both chronologically as well as thematically. Containing a wide array of works in sculpture, painting, installation, video and photography, the museum seeks to cover as many styles as possible. With many artists ranging from Paul-Émile Borduas, Fritz Brandtner, Claude Gauvreau all the way to Armand Vaillancourt this exhibition displays the most avant-gardiste artists of the early modern arts movement in Canada. A Matter of Abstraction also seeks to draw important parallels between Canada and the international avant-garde art scene of the early 40’s to today. A Matter of Abstraction perfectly documents this marriage of image and story. It is an incredible show to see for any art lover as well as an essential lesson on the impact of Canadian art within the global art community. Luckily enough visitors have until April 30th 2016 to attend the show, which has become a permanent installment at the Museum.
Contemporary Arts Museum
Open from Tuesday to Sunday 11:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesdays from 11:-00am – 9:00pm
Free admission from 5:00pm – 9:00pm on Wednesdays
185 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montréal, QC H2X 3X5