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2018 at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal :
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Julian Rosefeldt and Françoise Sullivan

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC)
185, Sainte-Catherine Ouest
Montréal Qc H2X 3X5

Hours: Tuesday 11am–6pm,
Wednesday–Friday 11am–9pm,
Saturday–Sunday 10am–6pm

T. +1 514 847-6226
www.macm.org

Large scale and interactive exhibitions, new technologies and artist retrospectives will be featured in 2018 at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC).

First, visitors will have the chance to enter the universe of Mexican and Montréal artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, whose work will be showcased as a major solo exhibition. In the fall, the public will be invited to explore a retrospective of Françoise Sullivan, a Québec multidisciplinary artist and co-signatory of the Refus global, and to view Manifesto, a multi-screen cinematic work by Julian Rosefeldt, starring Cate Blanchett.

With this programming, the MAC is pleased to continue to put forward “powerful and probing exhibitions that are a continuing manifestation of the Museum’s core commitment to presenting the most exciting and relevant home-grown and international art,” says John Zeppetelli, Director and Chief Curator.


RAFAEL LOZANO-HEMMER – MAY 24 TO SEPTEMBER 9, 2018

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Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (in collaboration with Krzysztof Wodiczko), Zoom Pavilion, 2015
Shown here: Art Basel Unlimited - Art Basel 47, Bâle, Switzerland
Projectors, 9x infrared cameras, 3x robotic zoom cameras, 3x computers, 2x IR illuminators, 1x ethernet switch, HDMI and USB extenders and cables
Photo: Sebastiano Pellion
© Rafael Lozano-Hemmer / SODRAC (2018)

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is one of the most prominent international artists working in Canada today. Over the past few decades, he has earned a reputation for large scale, participatory installations that frequently incorporate technology, light and the architecture of public spaces. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s work has gained international prominence and is regularly shown by major art institutions.

More than a mid-career survey, the exhibition offers a new conceptual perspective on the artist’s work over the past decade, exploring its poetic and political dimensions from the standpoint of one of its central principles: the notion of co-presence. This concept refers first and foremost to the coexistence of voices, perspectives and singular experiences in Lozano-Hemmer’s works: to the interactions between strangers, to the situations elicited by the dialogic devices deployed by the work. However, co-presence also evokes other, more asymmetrical relationships, such as forced cohabitations and power relations, and speaks to the interplay of gazes and bodies subjected to contemporary techniques of surveillance and control. Staying clear of techno-optimism, Lozano-Hemmer’s work reminds us that new technologies are often double-edged swords.

Co-curated by the MAC and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the exhibition will be presented at the Museo de arte contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO), Mexico, from March to August 2019 and the SFMOMA from April 25 to September 6, 2020.


JULIAN ROSEFELDT: MANIFESTO – OCTOBER 18, 2018 TO JANUARY 20, 2019

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Julian Rosefeldt, Stills from Manifesto, 2015
13-channel film installation
Julian Rosefeldt, Manifesto, 2015
© Julian Rosefeldt and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Julian Rosefeldt is Professor of Digital and Time-based Media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany. Inspired by the histories of film, art and popular culture, he is internationally renowned for his visually opulent and meticulously choreographed moving-image artworks, mostly presented as complex multi-screen installations.

Manifesto is an immersive video installation consisting of thirteen large-screen projections that stands as a tribute to the literary power of artistic manifestos. This artwork/event, which lies at the crossroads between film, performance and installation, allows audiences to experience a series of scenes screened simultaneously showing us the same actor, Cate Blanchett, taking on various roles. In a performance that “invokes immediate awe,” according to The Independent, and was described by the New York Times as a “tour de force,” the actress becomes a chameleon, showcasing the full extent of her extraordinary talent.

All of the monologues spoken—actually, the only words spoken in the piece—are formed out of various artistic manifestos published over the last 150 years or so. From schoolteacher to homeless man, the thirteen characters embodied by Blanchett pronounce the manifestos of Claes Oldenburg, Yvonne Rainer, Kazimir Malevich, André Breton, Elaine Sturtevant, Sol LeWitt and Jim Jarmusch, among others.

The MAC is particularly proud to welcome this work to Montréal for its second North American presentation, following the one at the Park Avenue Armory, in New York, in 2016. This famous installation was also presented in the world's largest artistic cities, including Paris, Berlin and Melbourne.

Manifesto trailer


FRANÇOISE SULLIVAN – OCTOBER 18, 2018 TO JANUARY 20, 2019

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Françoise Sullivan, Rouge no 3, 5, 6, 2, 1997
Collection of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay
© Françoise Sullivan / SODRAC (2018)

This retrospective exhibition highlights the key role of artist, painter, sculptor, dancer and choreographer Françoise Sullivan in the history of modern and contemporary art in Quebec. It’s a chance for visitors to discover or rediscover an artist whose major impact on Quebec and Canadian culture deserves to be more fully recognized.

In addition to presenting the artist’s diverse and multidisciplinary practice, the exhibition offers an in-depth exploration of some of the milestones in her career. The various styles and approaches adopted by Sullivan over the years are contextualized with the help of archival documents.

The Françoise Sullivan exhibition reaffirms the MAC's role as a major institution engaging in a deep exploration of the artistic processes of the most significant figures in Québec's recent art history.


PERMANENT COLLECTION: PICTURES FOR AN EXHIBITION

Ongoing since November 2016, Pictures for an Exhibition is an evolving cycle of exhibitions based on works from the MAC Collection and intended to generate new connections between historical works and recent acquisitions, between the different media and artists of various generations.

In 2018, this evolving series will take the form of two new exhibitions: The Prophets (April 6 to August 26, 2018) with artworks from Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens, as well as Josef Albers, Jack Bush, Sol LeWitt and Jana Sterbak, and Alone Together (May 16 to August 26, 2018) with artworks from Sarah Anne Johnson, Graeme Patterson, Jon Rafman and Jeremy Shaw.


For more information:
Roxane Dumas-Noël
Head of Public Relations
T. +1 514 847-6232 / roxane.dumas-noel@macm.org

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