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Arts & Museums
Housed in the McConnell Building of Concordia University, this free public gallery organizes exhibits combining renowned and lesser known Canadian artists, aiming to showcase them for art fans. Aside from exhibiting these works, the gallery also provides research and interpretation of the pieces on display. Exhibitors include both local artists (some of whom are enrolled or teach in the Concordia Fine Arts program) and artists with national followings. Exhibits run the gamut from paintings to sculptures, installations and performance art.
Galerie Crescent Contemporain presents fine works by contemporary artists. This is the place to discover excellent avant garde practitioners in painting for murals and other such intimate work.
One of the most prestigious and pricey galleries in the city, located in the upscale Golden Square Mile, this space features both internationally acclaimed artists and Canadian masters. It features contemporary art in all forms, ranging from Riopelle and Suzor-Cote to Chagall, Moore and Utrillo. Canadian artists like Paul-Émile Borduas and Cornelius Krieghoff are well represented as well. This is the place to go for the finest art in an upscale atmosphere; price tags are what one would expect of anything in the Ritz-Carlton.
Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal has put together one of the best collections of fine art in North America. The musuem moved to its present location just before the World War . The Jean-Noel Desmarais building holds most of the temporary exhibits while the permanent collection lies in the Benaiah Gibb building across the street. The museum also stages special programs such as Wednesday evening lectures, noontime and evening concerts, and films.
This is one of Canada's foremost galleries of Native artwork, and has recently relocated to the poshest stretch of Sherbrooke Street West, next to many other prestigious galleries. A recent exhibit featured striking Inuit sculptures by well-known artists such as Toonoo Sharky and Omalluk Oshutsiaq. Other non-Native crafts include a selection of tableware, vases, wall hangings and other pieces from across Canada. Prices befit the gallery's reputation and its finicky taste.
Located just blocks away from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, this classical art gallery presents a great selection of Canadian contemporary and historical artworks. Among the historical selection, the gallery has exhibited and sold a selection of historical masters such as Fritz Brandtner, Maurice Cullen, Cornelius Krieghoff, Anne Savage and Jean Paul Lemieux. Notable Canadian artists include the inventive works of Henry Wanton Jones, the somber works of Pierre Lefebvre, or the beautiful, poignant European-inspired dream scape collages of the Croatian-Canadian artist Maja Vodanovic.
Advising art collectors for over 50 years, Galerie Walter Klinkhoff specializes in the purchase and sale of important Canadian art. They have sold a wide range of artwork, including works by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, the Beaver Hall Hill Group, the Canadian Impressionists, 19th- and 20th-century Canadian artists, the abstract expressionists, the Contemporary Arts Society and other such paintings and sculptures. Today it maintains that reputation by presenting some of the best Canadian and international art, both by established artists and those just making a name for themselves.
Housed in a much lauded modern building and the 125-year-old Shaughnessy House, this museum offers fascinating glimpses into architecture, urban design and more esoteric fields (a recent exhibit focused on the American Lawn). Permanent collections include the sketches, plans and photographs of famous architects and buildings. The museum frequently plays host to premiere touring exhibits.
Montreal Planetarium has brought Montrealers spectacular views of space, the solar system, stars, black holes and galaxies, all thanks to a powerful Zeiss projector. There are also multimedia shows on meteorites, space travel and the beginning of the universe. These spectacular demonstrations please both the amateur and the more serious student of astronomy. The well-stocked boutique offers hundreds of books, objects and other souvenirs pertaining to the world of astronomy and space exploration. Call ahead for more details.
Located in Downtown Montreal, Musée Grévin Montreal is housed within the Montreal Eaton Center on Saint-Catherine. Named after sculptor and designer Alfred Grévin, the waxwork museum opened its doors in June of 1882. The museum contains wax statues of more than a hundred celebrities and famous personalities including political leaders, actors and musicians. The museum's collection keeps increasing each year and includes everyone famous from Mahatma Gandhi to Lady Gaga. Open all year, the museum makes for a great visit.
Housed in what was once McGill University's student union building, this museum was born in 1921 - the vision of passionate collector David Ross McCord. Today it houses almost 900,000 objects consisting of ethnological and archaeological materials, costumes and textiles, photographs, paintings, prints, drawings and decorative arts, all related to Canadian social and cultural history. The museum offers interactive animation exhibitions, guided tours and publications. Stop into the boutique for native Canadian arts and crafts, fine china, pottery, jewelry, posters, exhibition catalogs and greetings cards.
Facing the Arts Building on the McGill University campus, this example of award-winning Victorian Classicism and late Greek Revival architecture was commissioned in 1880 and opened in 1882. Its eclectic architecture goes well with its natural history collection, which includes prehistoric and modern animals, rocks, crystals and precious stones. It even has a small collection of famous Burgess Shale fossils. A dinosaur skeleton dominates the main display area, while temporary exhibits are found at the entrance to the hall.