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DENIS GAGNON SHOWS ALL: FASHION AT THE MUSEUM

Yesterday, Montreal’s whos’who of art and fashion gathered at the Montreal Fine Art Museum for the opening of DENIS GAGNON SHOWS ALL, a contemporary art installation about Montreal’s edgiest fashion designer: Denis Gagnon. The installation, which takes up a single, large room featuring a giant inverted pyramid hanging from the ceiling, was built in collaboration with architect Gilles Saucier and photographer Martin Laporte. It is an invitation to explore the sinews of Gagnon’s creative mind. We asked Denis Gagnon, Gilles Saucier and Museum Director Nathalie Bondil to explain some of the ideas behind this daring new exhibit. Following, the 1963 Pierre Cardin and 2009 Yves St-Laurent exhibitions, it is only the third time that Montreal’s Fine Art Museum features a fashion designer within its walls. The exhibit is free and held until february 13th, 2011.

FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINEMA: OUR PICKS

Our picks for Montréal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinéma… October 18th ENTER THE VOID Directed by Gaspar Noé / France, Italy / 2009 / 161 min. His movies are never for the faint of heart. No matter if you’re a lover or a hater, Noé’s movies never leave anyone indifferent. This one is about the spiritual – or dare we say demented – journey of a gunned-down drug dealer in Tokyo. We believe this is a must-see on the big screen.

QUEBEC’S FINEST CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS AT THE MAC

Your chance to see the best and the brightest. FREE! Montreal’s Musée d’Art Contemporain is showing top young Canadian artists thanks to the Sobey Art Award. The Sobey Art Award was created in 2002 by the Sobey Art Foundation. The Award is presented annually to an artist under 40 who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within the 18 months prior to being nominated.

ART: LILIANA BERZOWKSY AT CIRCA

The first glimpse of Liliana Berezowksy’s work at Galerie CIRCA is inviting. A soft, pink suede chair-like piece sits on the floor to greet you. Indeed, for a nano-second, you think it is a contemporary chair, offering comfort. Therein lies the rub: Your first clue are the nails… A large roundish piece – can I call it ‘sculpture’ I ask myself ? – sits in the middle of the gallery.

STREET PROFILE: SAINT-PAUL

Our Montreal Street Profile series has already hit Bleury, Parc and, most recently, Maisonneuve. Which is convenient, because even though we’re now heading down to Old Montreal to check out Rue Saint-Paul, these two streets share something in common…

John Fox Retrospective at Klinkhoff

Chair of Concordia’s Painting Department,  Montreal artist John Fox, RCA, (1927-2008)  is honoured with retrospective at Klinkhoff Gallery. I love to visit a certain graceful brownstone building on Montreal’s Golden Mile. The Klinkhoff Gallery is an elegantly quiet space. Therein lies Canadian art from the 19, 20 and 21st centuries. Here you will find no art hanging from the walls or blaring videos.  For almost 60 years this prestigious gallery has advised private and corporate collectors in amassing fine art.  Celebrating a long tradition of hosting retrospectives, this fall the gallery will honour the legacy of John Fox, the renowned Montreal artist and much-loved teacher.  The exhibition will feature works from private collections, as well as paintings owned by Fox’s widow, art historian Sandra Paikowsky.

MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL GETS READY TO ROLL THE RED CARPET

If the end of August rhymes with back to school frenzy for parents, to movie buffs it is synonymous with the kickoff of the Montreal World Film Festival. From August 26 to September 6, the MWFF, celebrating its 34th anniversary this year, will present 430 films hailing from 80 countries across the globe. For the occasion, more than 600 000 film enthusiasts flock to the festival’s venues in thirst of cultural diversity, international talent and innovative cinema. French film icon, Gerard Dépardieu, will also be in town for this year’s MWFF, giving a master class to share his perspective on the 7th art.