Posted on February 23rd, 2010 by .

Aaah, Tiffany. Most of us became acquainted with Louis C. Tiffany around the same time we could read. Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but you know what I mean. Audrey Hepburn, the diamonds, the pearls, playing in your mom’s closet….common knowledge.

But perhaps you aren’t that familiar with Tiffany’s groundbreaking contribution to glass design, technique and technology. No? Neither am I. Hey, no shame in my game.

Comes in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to take care of my lustrous education with their brand new exhibit, Tiffany Glass: A Passion for Colour.

Running from February 12 to May 10, the exhibit, which also happens to be the first of its kind in Canadian history, consists of 180 works such as windows, vases, lamps, jewelry and mosaics from the renowned American designer.

Personally, I’m also very excited to see some of the period photographs and original drawings of the Tiffany studios.

But that’s not it. Visitors will get to take a look at an extremely valuable piece of Montreal heritage, which is presented to us at eye level for the first time, ever. Yep, I’m taking about those stunning Tiffany glass windows, which are now part of the Museum’s collection.

And because all that glass might leave you with a taste for some of your own, why not check out the post I wrote about BIRKS, Canada’s equivalent of Tiffany jewelry.  You might also want to read my take on the MMFA’s boutique. Nothing like a bit of window shopping at the museum itself.

Also note that the MMFA’s exhibit marks the launch of MONTREAL’ CITY OF GLASS 2010, an exceptional programme running from February to December over 23 of Montreal’s museums and galleries, exposing us to all the intricate aspects of the vitreous art form.

Tiffany Glass: A Passion for Colour: Feb. 12-May 10

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

1380 Sherbrooke West.


Outside Montreal 1-800-899-MUSE.

Hours: Closed Monday, Tuesday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: The museum’s permanent collection is free. Admission to temporary shows such as Tiffany, Davis and Dix is $15 for adults, $7.50 for students under 30 with an ID card; $10 for people 65 and over; free for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult; $30 per family (One adult and three children 16 and under or two adults and two children 16 and under). Admission to shows is half price on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for adults.

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