Our Artistic Diversity Dialogues with Our Collections

From September 18, 2018 to June 9, 2019

Connections unites the work of seven Canadian contemporary artists from culturally diverse communities, who were inspired by the Museum’s world cultures collections. Commissioned thanks to the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, under the New Chapter program established to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, these works will be integrated into the new Stéphan Crétier and Stéphany Maillery Wing for World Cultures and Togetherness, set to open in June 2019.

This exhibition is an opportunity for the public to preview seven modern artworks alongside the artists’ objects of inspiration, and (re)discover the Museum’s collections. This exhibition project is rooted in the postcolonial theories of Indian philosopher Homi K. Bhabha and, more specifically, his rich and empowering concept of hybridity. Given that our collections are essentially composed of objects acquired from Western collectors, they offer but a partial reflection of the artworks’ cultures of origin and are often associated with visions of exoticism and rarity rather than cultural representativeness. Therefore, inviting artists from culturally diverse communities to reappropriate the world cultures collections by creating and exhibiting selected works makes way for a cultural recontextualization that is both imaginative and inclusive. Without denying the past, this approach emphasizes the coming together of the many peoples and cultural hybridities that make up today’s world.

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In addition to the seven commissioned works, visitors are able to admire two installations that were created at the MMFA in recent editions of Impressions Artist Residency: the works created by artists Ari Bayuaji, a Montrealer born in Indonesia and winner in 2016-2017, and Karen Tam, of Chinese descent and winner in 2017-2018.

The Museum is collaborating again with the Conseil des arts de Montréal on the sixth edition of Impressions. In this eight-week artist residency, the MMFA will open its doors and reserves to an artist from one of Montreal’s cultural communities or to a First Nations, Inuit or Métis artist. The deadline for the call for applications is October 9, 2018.


An installation of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. It is curated by Laura Vigo, Curator of Asian Art, MMFA, in collaboration with Erell Hubert, Curator of Pre-Columbian Art, MMFA, and Geneviève Goyer-Ouimette, Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Curator of Quebec and Canadian Contemporary Art (from 1945 to Today), MMFA.

This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.