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Last exhibitions at the MAC before the Museum transformation:
Françoise Sullivan, Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto and Scores opening October 20, 2018
October 20, 2018 – January 20, 2019

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC)
185, Sainte-Catherine Ouest
Montréal QC H2X 3X5

Hours: Tuesday 11am–6pm
Wednesday–Friday 11am–9pm
Saturday–Sunday 10am–6pm

T. +1 514 847-6226
www.macm.org

From October 20, 2018, to January 20, 2019, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) is pleased to present Françoise Sullivan, Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto and Scores, as part of the final series of exhibitions to be showcased at the MAC before its transformation project begins in 2019. During the renovations, the MAC will move in a smaller temporary space and will keep offering a programming to the public.

Françoise Sullivan
The MAC is presenting a major retrospective exhibition highlighting the versatility and rigorous journey of Françoise Sullivan, a leading figure of Quebec’s avant-garde, as well as a co-signer of the Refus global manifesto. A luminary in the history of Quebec art, Sullivan began her career in the 1940s, where she was part of the emerging Automatist movement, and never ceased reinventing herself.

The exhibition will showcase a wide-ranging, prolific artistic career that has left an important mark on contemporary art in Canada. Some fifty works will be shown, including paintings, sculptures, and archival documentation, enhanced by an impressive series of unique performances from guest artists inspired by Sullivan’s works. Invited artists include Dana Michel (associate artist at Par B.L.eux), The Two Gullivers (Flutura Preka & Besnik Haxhillari), Dorian Nuskind-Oder, Simon Grenier-Poirier, Catherine Lavoie-Marcus and Maryse Larivière. Performances will be presented starting October 23. The schedule is available on the MAC website.

“Already an accomplished painter, dancer and choreographer seventy years ago, Françoise Sullivan is now considered among Quebec’s first multidisciplinary artists,” notes John Zeppetelli, Director and Chief Curator at the MAC.

For this retrospective, the MAC will publish a substantial catalogue (288 pages, 180 illustrations), featuring essays by Mark Lanctôt, exhibition curator, Vincent Bonin, Ray Ellenwood and Noémie Solomon. The publication also includes an illustrated chronology written by Chantal Charbonneau.

The exhibition will embark on a multi-city Canadian tour organized in collaboration with two Ontario museums: the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, and the Art Gallery of Windsor. It will then be shown in the Musée régional de Rimouski (Quebec) and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (British Columbia). This travelling exhibition is funded in part by the Government of Canada.


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Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto
Through this expansive, thirteen-channel video installation, German artist Julian Rosefeldt pays tribute to the eloquence and literary beauty of artist manifestos. Renowned Australian actress Cate Blanchett brought her exceptional talent to bear in this tour de force, which draws inspiration from architecture, film, performance art and the visual arts to present a modern take on and meaning to texts that shaped art history throughout the 20th century. According to John Zeppetelli, this exhibition is “nothing less than a Manifesto of manifestos”.

Rosefeldt delved into about 50 manifestos written by groups of artists, such as Futurists, Dadaists and Situationists, as well as the musings of artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers, including Kasimir Malevitch, Yvonne Rainer, André Breton, among others, to create this impressive work. As a prologue to the text montage unfurled through the following twelve collages, the first episode quotes the Communist Manifesto (1848), by Marx and Engels, which underscores the revolutionary origins of this literary form.

In this immersive work of art, the screens simultaneously loop their individual story, each lasting 10 minutes and 30 seconds and where Cate Blanchett brilliantly takes on a wide variety of characters, including a schoolteacher, a homeless person and a stockbroker. Through Rosefeldt’s work, viewers also discover Berlin, the backdrop tying all these images together with its architectural points of interest and a patchwork of indoor settings, such as a laboratory, a bar and a classroom. In addition to the manifestos’ historical perspectives, Rosefeldt leverages various filming techniques and nods to cinematic classics, such as Michelangelo Antonioni’s La Notte and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Manifesto has been co-commissioned by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image Melbourne (ACMI), the Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney, the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Sprengel Museum Hanover. The work is co-produced by the Burger Collection Hong Kong and the Ruhrtriennale. It was realized thanks to the generous support of the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and in cooperation with Bayerischer Rundfunk.

Scores
This exhibition bridges the two others by combining manifestos and original documents used in Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto with Refus global and other manifestos from the dance, conceptual art and performance art scenes across Quebec and Canada. Said documents will be presented as a score, through which the ever-renewed clarion call to change the world rings out loud and clear.


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About the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
Located in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal makes today’s art a vital part of Montréal and Québec life. For more than fifty years, this vibrant museum has brought together local and international artists, their works and an ever growing public. It is a place of discovery, offering visitors experiences that are continually changing and new, and often unexpected and stirring. The Musée presents temporary exhibitions devoted to outstanding and relevant current artists who provide their own, particular insight into our society, as well as exhibitions of works drawn from the museum’s extensive Permanent Collection.

For more information:
Roxane Dumas-Noël
Head of Public Relations
T. +1 514 847-6232 / roxane.dumas-noel@macm.org

Photo credits:
Françoise Sullivan, Chute en rouge, 1966
Painted steel, 210.5 x 127 x 52 cm
Collection of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
© Françoise Sullivan / SODRAC (2018)
Photo: Guy l'Heureux

Julian Rosefeldt, Manifesto, 2015
13-channel film installation
Julian Rosefeldt, Manifesto, 2015 © Julian Rosefeldt and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

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