Inspiration Abounds at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal

This past Sunday, Jon and I had an incredible time exploring the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, but it doesn’t sound as good in English), after seeing advertisements for the Warhol Live exhibit featuring the works of the legendary Mr. Andy Warhol.

I found the exhibit to be so inspiring that I tried to talk Jon into stopping by the art supply store on St. Catherine on the walk home, until Jon informed me that they aren’t open on Sunday. Drats, I say! I can’t wait to start creating something though, and I really want to collaborate with Jon. We promise to blog about any art we create, so stay tuned.

If you’re in Montreal, admission costs:

  • Adults: $15
  • Students with ID: $7.50
  • People 65 and over: $10 ($7.50 on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
  • Children under 12 (accompanied by an adult): Free
  • Families: $30 ($15 on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.).
  • VIP (Friends of the Museum): Free (learn more here)

The museum’s hours are:

  • Tuesday: 11am to 5pm
  • Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 11am to 9pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 5pm
  • Monday: Closed

Click to read more about our museum visit…

The Warhol exhibit focuses on how music and dance was an integral part of Andy Warhol’s art. The different parts of the exhibit seem to put you inside of his head, it seems, or at least inside of the work of art itself. For example, they showcased some avant garde footage of two dancers dancing in a room of giant helium-filled balloons. This footage is displayed in a room with mirrored walls, no light aside from the light of the flickering footage on the screen, and giant silver rectangular helium balloons wafting about, aided by a giant fan in the room. The balloons in the room matched the balloons in the footage perfectly.

In the part of the exhibit that discussed the Silver Factory (read more about it here), the whole room was painted silver.

I could go on and on, but I’ll let the museum explain the rest:

“For the first time in the historiography of Andy Warhol (1928-1987), the exhibition-event Warhol Live, presented from September 25, 2008, to January 18, 2009, will explore the all-pervading and fundamental role of music and dance in the artist’s work and life. Music is an essential narrative element that is present throughout the exhibition and will guide visitors as they rediscover Warhol’s work. From this unusual angle, viewers will be treated to a chronological and thematic reading, from the film music Warhol discovered in his youth to the disco scene at Studio 54, the legendary nightclub that opened in 1977, where he was one of the most famous regulars.” Read the rest here.

Stay tuned, I’m going to post more about our museum visit in another entry.

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