What’s on at the MMFA in 2019

The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts is a one-stop cultural hub in downtown Montréal. From historic exhibitions  to contemporary art shows to educational activities, classical music concerts, lecture series, movie screenings, a beautiful museum shop and more, the MMFA has always got something going on. Here are the main exhibitions it’s got in store for 2019.

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Alexander Calder

Until February 17, 2019

American artist Alexander Calder redefined sculpture by introducing the element of movement to it, first through performances of mechanical works, later with independent motorized works, and, finally, with hanging mobiles that move with the wind. Alexander Calder - Radical Inventor profiles his inventive side, tracking the emergence of movement in his work over his rich career. Discover Calder’s playful, colourful universe by taking in the 100-plus works on display.


Until March 24, 2019

This is the North American premiere of this video installation by Canadian artist Jeremy Shaw. Liminals: A Para-fiction of Transcendence at first appears to be a black and white documentary from the 1970s, but we are quickly informed by a narrator worthy of the BBC that this is a story set three generations from now, when humanity is on the verge of extinction. The video follows eight subjects who are attempting to escape this fate.

Of Individuals and Places

Until April 28, 2019

Bringing together close to 100 photographs by major Canadian and international artists, Of Individuals and Places: Photographs from the Lazare Collection underscores Montréal collector Jack Lazare’s 20-year passion for photography. It’s a treat to see some of the works the Lazares generously donated to the MMFA.


Until August 4, 2019

Dive into the MMFA’s permanent collection with Connections: Our Artistic Diversity Dialogues with Our Collections, an exhibition that unveils the installations of seven Canadian artists from culturally diverse backgrounds and how they relate to specific works exhibited in the museum’s new wing, dedicated to world cultures. Rooted in the postcolonial theories of Indian philosopher Homi K. Bhabha, and more specifically his empowering concept of hybridity, this exhibition shows these modern artworks alongside the artists’ objects of inspiration, inviting the public to rediscover the museum’s collections and history itself. 

Bon Appétit!

The exhibition Bon appétit! Contemporary Foodware Designs in Quebec brings together the accoutrements of welcoming people to a table – industrial and artisanal tools and equipment used for preparing, cooking, and keeping food – that are always attractive, and that celebrate the culinary arts.

Thierry Mugler

From March 2 to September 8, 2019

The highly anticipated first ever major exhibition on the French fashion designer, Thierry Mugler: Couturissime will reveal in a spectacular way the multiple universes of this undeniably artistic figure. Visionary couturier, director, photographer and perfume designer will all be on show through Mugler’s ready-to-wear and haute couture creations.

Egyptian Mummies

From September 7, 2019 to February 2, 2020

Presented at the MMFA in a North-American premiere, Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives, produced by the British Museum, reconstructs the lives of six individuals who lived along the Nile from about 900 B.C. to A.D. 180. Non-invasive techniques have enabled researchers to build a profile of each individual, painting a picture of who they were that includes age, beliefs and the diseases they suffered from – each mummy has a story to tell.

Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant, blogger

Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal’s ecclectic Park Ex neighbourhood. She is Contributing Editor for Canadian Art magazine and freelances full-time for a wide variety of magazines and brands. She’s also a jewellery designer and passionate about animal costumes and their role in contemporary art.

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