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JEAN PAUL GAULTIER WAS HERE

Yes, I’m sorry to report that Couture King Jean Paul Gaultier has left the building – that is, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. But don’t fret, fellow fashion fanatics. He’ll be back sooner than you think to launch his retrospective The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, which makes its international debut right here in Montreal before continuing on to Dallas and San Francisco. Mark your calendars now, people: June 17 to October 2, 2011.

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.

LAST WEEK-END FOR WORLD PRESS PHOTO

Billed as ‘The World’s Largest Photojournalism Exhibition’, World Press Photo 10 is at the Just for Laughs Museum until October 3. This amazing exhibit features the finest photojournalism from around the world. There is something for everyone, as the ten themes include sports, nature, portraits and daily life. Selected from over 100,000 submissions, the 65 chosen photographs will travel to over 100 cities.

GOOGLE STREET AS ART

What a great idea!  Take images of the moment from the planet’s most techno tracker – Google Street – and pair them with black and white photographs taken a few years ago.

ARTIST NICOLAS BAIER PLAYS WITH YOUR MIND

Many Montrealers know Nicolas Baier’s in situ work:  the large  – 6,000 square feet!  – leafy glass mural installed at Concordia University, high above wandering students. Now there is a chance to see Baier’s latest art up close and personal.

THE ANIMALS OF BONSECOURS ISLAND

Love animals? Run down to the Old Port.  The photos are fabulous! On Bonsecours Island (sounds like a pirate place, non?) at the Quais / piers of Old Montreal’s port area, there are 140 of the best animal photos in the world.  Fifty of these are being shown for the first time.  The exposition also has a video, which is really great to watch.  The show is a partnership between the famed Smithsonian Institute in Washington, the National Geographic Collection, and the renowned international photographer Vincent Munier.  It’s fun for everyone.  And the animal photos are amazing.  They should be.  Vincent has been awarded the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award – three times!