If you haven’t had the chance to head down to the Quartier des Spectacles in the winter, whether you’re a Montreal native or here for a visit, this area should always been on your list of places to go. From just a casual stroll to a full day downtown tour, Quartier des Spectacles is home to more than just Montreal’s festivals. That neat little building near all those stairs leading up to UQAM, that’s the MAC in case you missed it, Montreal’s very own contemporary arts museum.
The MAC has been hosting artists from around the world for years as well as showcasing some of Canada’s incredible talent. The exhibitions going on currently are interactive and insightful.
While the MAC has two main sections: the permanent collection and the current exhibition, unlike most museum layouts, this place is full of nooks and crannies with works on display. A word of advice: go down the hall, you have no idea what you might find!
Up the winding stairs and to your left, you’ll find the work of Geneviève Cadieux, one of Quebec’s foremost photographers. The MAC invited Cadieux to create her own space using some of the work the museum already owns; L’Oeuil et L’Esprit is her brainchild.
The best part about the exhibit? Almost all the pieces involve the use of the senses. Cadieux used interactive works to immerse the viewer instead of creating the usual barriers we feel in the museum space.
Down the hall to the right of Cadieux’s work is a series of sculptures, paintings, and videos from artists from around the world.
If you’re looking for something to do on a chilly winter night and the Luminothérapie see-saws aren’t quite your vibe, check out the MAC, you won’t be disappointed!
For more information on ticket prices and times, check out their website here.