Things to do in Montréal in July – 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.

Major Montréal art museums and several of the city’s smaller galleries open incredible international and local exhibitions this July. With staggered entry times and other health-focused regulations, the museums offer a comfortable and safe experience of whole new worlds of art.

Major museum exhibitions

Among the many must-see summer exhibitions in Montréal, Paris in the Days of Post-Impressionism: Signac and the Indépendants opens on July 4 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, featuring more than 500 masterpieces by Degas, Monet, Dufy, Friesz and many more famed influential artists – explore the museum's excellent online collections too, and be sure to book your tickets online for an exact date and time for your visit. The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal reopens with exhibitions Painting Nature with a Mirror, a portrait of 1980s painting in Canada, Points of Light, 40 years of moving image art, and two dystopian video works by Jon Rafman – online see Edgar Arceneaux’s Until, Until, Until…, artist talks and collections.

Must-see gallery shows

The Phi Centre reopens with Emergence & Convergence, a major exhibition showcasing digital works and innovative installations by Québec and international artists contemplating the intersection of digital technology, the built environment and nature. The nearby Fondation PHI pour l'art contemporain launches painting exhibition RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting on July 8, exploring the complex meanings of diaspora. Galleries Parisian Laundry and Antoine Ertaskiran unite to form gallery Bradley Ertaskiran, this month featuring Rick Leong’s solo exhibition Carmanah. More Montréal galleries are set to open in July: see our guide to gallery hopping for info.

Intriguing online exhibitions

Take virtual tours of Never Apart's summer exhibitions, including fashion installation Canadiana Threads: Le Château, Ecological Ambisonic Recordings 001: Rainforest and more – also read Never Apart's June 2020 magazine celebrating Pride. The Écomusée du fier monde and UQAM's Faculty of Arts present virtual exhibition Wild Flowers, an immersive urban landscape of local flowers and plants. The Phi Centre's Parallel Lines presents the work of 10 local artists online. And browse Montréal bookstore Drawn & Quarterly online for graphic novels and more art in book form.

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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