Things to do in Montréal in January 2021 – Art

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

Montréal art museums and galleries feature incredible international and local exhibitions this January. Experience new worlds of art and contemplation in virtual exhibitions, tours and workshops, outdoor public art and more.

Museum and gallery exhibitions

At the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, hear 3-minute stories about masterpieces, take virtual tours of exhibitions Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures, Paris in the Days of Post-Impressionism and more, curators and art historians share their knowledge in online webinars, and make your own works of art in free online art workshops.

The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal presents a curator-guided virtual tour of exhibition La Machine qui enseignait des airs aux oiseaux, plus virtual creative workshops that let you discover works of art and create your own, and online talks like Eyal Weizman's lecture Forensic Architecture: The Long Duration of a Split Second. Prepare for art museums to reopen by pre-purchasing tickets and memberships.

Explore more of Montréal’s amazing art galleries in our Montréal guide to gallery hopping: in January some galleries are open by appointment or with limited hours, some feature online exhibitions and others are temporarily closed – yet many street-level galleries are still filling their windows with art, like La Centrale’s Beneath the willow tree exhibition by Rihab Essayh.

Public art outdoors

Interactive art is all about having fun in Montréal's Quartier des Spectacles this season thanks to Luminothérapie: hop inside Loop’s illuminated zoetrope pods, play with the shadow theatre of Nouvelle Lune, and catch projection artwork throughout the area. See local history illuminated in the projections of Cité Mémoire, from Wednesday to Friday nights in Old Montréal, the Old Port and downtown – download the app to hear historical descriptions.

 

On Ontario Street, the windows of La Maison Théâtre come to life with charming theatrical scenes after 4 p.m., until January 17. The Goethe-Institut Montréal's The City in Times of the Virus projects thought-provoking video art in storefront windows along St. Laurent Blvd. downtown until March 22. Take a Portrait Sonore sound walk downtown and on the mountain or go on Spade & Palacio's Mural & Street Art walking tour. And see more public art everywhere in the city.

Things to do in Montréal in January 2021

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

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