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Shuvinai Ashoona (born in 1961), Composition (Monster Eating the World), 2018, coloured pencil, felt pen, 38.3 x 58.8 cm. MMFA, purchase, Mary Eccles Bequest. Photo MMFA, Christine Guest
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Shuvinai Ashoona (born in 1961), Composition (Monster Eating the World), 2018, coloured pencil, felt pen, 38.3 x 58.8 cm. MMFA, purchase, Mary Eccles Bequest. Photo MMFA, Christine Guest
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Until February 27, 2022

Ecologies

A Song for Our Planet
Free for Members

The word “ecology” evokes visions of thriving ecosystems teeming with an abundant variety of species coexisting in diverse habitats. However, the term is also tainted by negative associations with an unprecedented environmental crisis that is impacting living systems. While the detrimental consequences of human activity are widespread, it is populations living symbiotically with the natural world that are the most adversely affected. In Canada, as in other countries with a history of colonization, the issue of environmental injustice is inextricably linked to the sufferings of Indigenous peoples.

Artwork "Ideas in Things (Antarctic Peninsula)* from the series “Horizon Felt South" from Jessica Houston

Jessica Houston (born in 1970), Ideas in Things (Antarctic Peninsula) from the series “Horizon Felt South,” 2018, ink jet print, 4/5. MMFA, Purchase, Hamelys Fund

Adrian Stimson (born in 1964), Beyond Redemption

Adrian Stimson (born in 1964), Beyond Redemption, 2010, taxidermied bison, bison hides, wood, polyurethane foam, polyester resin, alkyd paint, 175 x 725 x 410 cm. MMFA, purchase, Horsley and Annie Townsend Bequest and gift in memory of Adrian Stimson Sr. Photo MMFA, Denis Farley

Ecologies showcases a captivating selection of some 90 works stemming mainly from the Museum’s collection, including several new acquisitions and other rarely or never before seen works. Installations, videos, sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs by Canadian and international artists, such as Shuvinai Ashoona, Edward Burtynsky, Olafur Eliasson, Lorraine Gilbert, Isabelle Hayeur, Jessica Houston, Giuseppe Penone, Adrian Stimson and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun each present a unique interpretation of ecology.

LeBreton Flats, Ottawa and Boreal Forest Floor, La Macaza, Quebec de Lorraine Gilbert
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Requiem for a Glacier by Paul Walde

Along with this exhibition, the MMFA is presenting the video installation Requiem for a Glacier (2013), Paul Walde’s homage performed by 50 musicians on Farnham Glacier in British Columbia. This musical performance memorializes an area threatened by global warming and a proposed resort development – a controversial project since quashed by the Qat’muk Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area agreement covering land belonging to the Ktunaxa First Nation.

Paul Walde, Requiem for a Glacier
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They're talking about it

Voici donc une exposition très originale sur le thème de l’écologie et des défis environnementaux. Délicate, sans matraquage grossier, elle mêle des œuvres qui parlent d’elles-mêmes quant à l’urgence climatique et d’autres qui font mouche en nous racontant tout simplement la vie sur Terre, sa beauté, sa diversité et, à priori, son unicité.

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La Presse

Éric Clément

La Presse

Vraiment très réussi.

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Katerine Verebely
ICI Radio-Canada Première, Samedi et rien d’autre

Des œuvres engagées qui nous font réfléchir.

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Radio Canada
Evelyne Charuest
Tout un matin

The MMFA has done a tremendous job with the presentation of Ecologies […]. Highlighting our world, those who live within it, and those who capture that relationship, it displays the positives and negatives of human capability in a graceful balance. It is a breath of fresh air when wanted and a cold shock of truth when needed, but above all else, it is a stunning collection as we look towards what a new year on this planet holds for us.

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At once aesthetically gratifying and informational, Ecologies provides the public with a compelling narrative and ode to planet Earth. Amizlev’s selection of works so profoundly captures the intricacies and complexity of the climate crisis, offering viewers an experience that is both alarming and stunning.

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Une exposition hybride, éclatée, et certainement audacieuse. 

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Ecologies […] also includes sublime depictions of nature that offer a counterpoint to the alarming prospects sounded in the exhibition.

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Face à la crise climatique qui s’aggrave, une nouvelle exposition met à l’honneur des artistes préoccupés par les enjeux environnementaux.

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L’exposition vise à amener le public à une réflexion sur le développement durable ainsi que sur des solutions afin de parvenir à une conjugaison plus saine de l’humain et de la nature.

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Credits and curatorial team

An exhibition organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Curator: Iris Amizlev, Curator of Intercultural Arts, MMFA

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Presented by:
Hydro Québec
Official Sponsor:
Denalt
With support from:
MMFA’s young Philanthropists’ circle.
Canada Council for the Arts
Conseil des arts de Montréal
Gouvernement du Québec

Two ways to visit the Museum

Artwork "Ideas in Things (Antarctic Peninsula)* from the series “Horizon Felt South" from Jessica Houston

Jessica Houston (born in 1970), Ideas in Things (Antarctic Peninsula) from the series “Horizon Felt South,” 2018, ink jet print, 4/5. MMFA, Purchase, Hamelys Fund

Adrian Stimson (born in 1964), Beyond Redemption

Adrian Stimson (born in 1964), Beyond Redemption, 2010, taxidermied bison, bison hides, wood, polyurethane foam, polyester resin, alkyd paint, 175 x 725 x 410 cm. MMFA, purchase, Horsley and Annie Townsend Bequest and gift in memory of Adrian Stimson Sr. Photo MMFA, Denis Farley

LeBreton Flats, Ottawa and Boreal Forest Floor, La Macaza, Quebec de Lorraine Gilbert

Lorraine Gilbert (born in 1955), LeBreton Flats, Ottawa and Boreal Forest Floor, La Macaza, Quebec, from the series “Once Upon a Forest,” 2010. MMFA, anonymous gift.

Paul Walde, Requiem for a Glacier

Paul Walde (born in London in 1968), Requiem for a Glacier, 2013, two channel HD video, 1/5, duration: 40 min. MMFA, purchase, Horsley and Annie Townsend Bequest, Ginette Trépanier Bequest, the MMFA's Employee Fund, Deirdre M. Stevenson, François R. Roy and George R. MacLaren funds.

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