That's how the light gets in

December 15, 2017 to August 26, 2018

Downtown - Quartier des spectacles



The question of light as both subject and material is vast, and compels us to rethink art in its most fundamental aspects. Without light, there is no visibility. An essential condition for our eyes to perceive anything, light quite logically lies at the core of artists’ practices and techniques.

The various problems it involves underwent profound changes in the history of art in the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly since the invention of photography. While light in classical painting was mimetic and metaphorical, as a contemporary material light has become an autonomous medium that shapes and alters the materials it touches, strikes or penetrates. Addressing the issues underlying the notion of light also calls for a look at the role of shadow and opacity. The object of reflection and representation, and a condition for the perception of any work, light is a meaningful parameter in the practice of some artists, and one that should be examined.

This portrait of the Museum collection brings together works by Québec and Canadian artists painters for the most part, around a set of questions they were asked: How does light come into your work? How does it infuse your practice?


Apr 6 to May 23, 2018: Tue, Thu, Fri, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wed, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun, Sat, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
May 24 to Aug 26, 2018: Tue, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wed, Thu, Fri, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun, Sat, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed: May 21.



Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
185 Sainte-Catherine Street West
Montréal, QC H2X 3X5
Downtown - Quartier des spectacles
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