||Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
10:00am - 05:00pm
11:00am - 05:00pm
Wednesday - Friday:
11:00am - 09:00pm
||1380 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
||June 18, 2008
||September 27, 2009
Painting and Photography of American and Canadian Landscape 1860-1918
This summer, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is going green. On the one hand, the Museum is presenting the exhibition Expanding Horizons: Painting and Photography of American and Canadian Landscape 1860-1918, from June 18 to September 27. The “environmentally friendly” design and catalogue provide a contemporary take on the subject. On the other hand, the Museum is hosting an exhibition simultaneously celebrating Frédéric Back, an activist-artist who, through his images and his films, has attempted to spread awareness about the intrinsic value of the natural beauty that surrounds us.Lastly, the Museum is taking this opportunity to announce its new policy of sustainable development.
The exhibition Expanding Horizons: Painting and Photography of American and Canadian Landscape 1860-1918is the first exploration and analysis of this subject. The show examines American and Canadian landscape painting and photography in the years encompassing the American Civil War, the emergence of the Canadian Confederation and the close of World War I, an era of artistic and historical transformation coinciding with the westward expansion of Canada and the realization of the transcontinental political definition of both countries. Through the presentation and comparison of American and Canadian depictions of landscapes, the similar and differing intentions underlying their production, their complementary yet distinctive compositional structures and styles, and their prioritizations of subjects, the exhibition reveals much about both nations. Following its presentation in Montreal this summer, Expanding Horizons will travel to the Vancouver Art Gallery in October.