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For the very first time, the public will be able to see some of the most remarkable works collected by the city's two great art museums exhibited together, thanks to the efforts of the co-curators of this event, Stéphane Aquin, Curator of Contemporary Art at the MMFA and John Zeppetelli, Director and Chief Curator of the MACM. 

Paying tribute to the MACM's fifty-year history, this exhibition will embody a genuine dialogue between the two Montreal museums. This exhibition, a sort of aesthetic conversation, will reflect the ties of friendship that unite these two institutions and reveal the city's extensive collection of contemporary art, which is one of the most impressive in Canada. 

Each collection's development spheres and complementary elements will be explored. For example, installations, photography and multimedia – the classic practices of contemporary art – are well represented at the MACM, while the MMFA has focused more on mediums related to the fine arts, such as painting and sculpture, and to works from other parts of the world. 

The exhibition contains subject matter that some viewers may consider offensive and unsuitable, particularly for children. Viewer discretion is advised.

Karel Funk, Untitled no 54, 2012. MMFA purchased , gift of Michael St.B. Harrison
Jana Sterbak, Generic Man, 1987-1989 (2002 print). MACM, purchased, with the generous funds from the employees of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. Photo Richard-MaxTremblay
Suzy Lake (born in 1947) A Genuine Simulation of... n o 2 1974 Make-up on black-and-white photograph, 70 x 82,5 cm MMFA, purchased, Saidye and Samuel Bronfman Collection of Canadian Art

Cindy Sherman (born in 1954) Untitled n o 153, 1985 Chromogenic print, 1/6, 171 x 125,5 cm MACM Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York Photo Denis Farley
Pierre Dorion (born in 1959) Untitled, 1999 Oil on canvas 112 x 56 cm MMFA, purchased, Hugh G. Jones funds 
Jeff Wall (born in 1946) The Quarrel, 1988 (1989 print) Cibachrome print, light box, 2/3 119 x 175,6 cm MACM Courtesy of the artist