The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Big Bang


The term ‘Big Bang’ refers to the hot, dense state that cause a rapid expansion of the universe bringing us to where we are now living on planet earth.

This very notion inspired the Museum of Fine Arts for the artistic frenzy of their latest free exhibition, Big Bang that opened last weekend at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Some twenty renowned artists from varying artistic disciplines were given carte blanche to create an installation, based on an artwork of their choice from the Museum’s exhausting collection of 40,000 works. These contemporary artists chose an eclectic assortment of artworks ranging from Jean-Paul Riopelle, Tom Thompson to Catherine Opie. Many well-known local artists participated in Big Bang such as, Marie Chouinard (dance), Wajdi Mouawad (theatre), Pierre Lapointe (music) and Deny Arcand and Adad Hannah (cinema and photography).

Many visitors lingered inside En Masse’s enormous installation equipped with dozens of Fat Boy beanbag chairs. These comfortable seats encouraged people to take a seat and gawk at the vast range of artistic styles from design, illustration to graffiti all unified by tonal qualities of black, white and gray.

The exhibition, Big Bang was created and produced by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts as part of its ongoing celebration for the grand opening of the new Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian art and the invented Museum. A total of 4,000 artworks have already been reinstalled in its four pavilions.

Big Bang is presented from November 6, 2011 to January 22, 2012.

Photos courtesy of Writting on Walls : whatisadam

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