REVOLUTION is a musical odyssey that explores the ideals and aspirations of the late 1960s as expressed in music, film, fashion and design.
The exhibition looks at the consumer society, Vietnam War protests, the civil rights movement, the sexual revolution, experimentation with LSD, legendary concerts, communal living and environmentalism.
Wearing high-fidelity headphones that synchronize the sounds and images according to their location in the galleries, visitors will embark on an immersive journey to London streets, where fashion never ceases to reinvent itself; to the heart of the May 1968 demonstrations in Paris; to the Summer of Love in San Francisco; to Woodstock; to the L’Osstidcho; and to Montreal’s Expo 67.
About 700 objects and works of art bear witness to the social and cultural climate of the times with, as a soundtrack, musical hits of the era from around the world and Quebec, with excerpts from seminal films and interviews with iconic figures.
Flower Power and rebellion through music kick off the summer at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, with a special focus on the roles of Montreal and Expo 67 in these revolutions.
The exhibition is accompanied by a 320-page lavishly illustrated coffee-table book published under the general editorship of Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, in English by V&A Publishing, London, and in French by the MMFA’s Publishing Department in collaboration with 5 Continents Éditions, Milan.
Credits and Curators
This exhibition is organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London, in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). The curators of the exhibition are Geoffrey Marsh, Director of the Department of Theatre and Performance, V&A, and Victoria Broackes, Senior Curator in the Department of Theatre and Performance and Head of the London Design Festival, V&A. In Montreal, the exhibition is curated by Diane Charbonneau, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts and Photography, MMFA. It is designed by Sandra Gagné, Head of Exhibitions Production, MMFA, under the direction of Nathalie Bondil, in collaboration with Paprika for the gallery design, and Silent Partners Studio for video design and adaptation. The immersive sound experience is by Sennheiser. The music selection proposed by the V&A has been enhanced with a Quebec section that was researched by Marie-Claude Senécal of Radio- Canada, ICI Musique.
The exhibition REVOLUTION is part of the official programming of Montreal’s 375th anniversary.
The exhibition was made possible thanks to the generous support of BMO Financial Group, presenting sponsor of REVOLUTION as part of the Year for Peace at the Museum, in collaboration with Metro.
The Museum would also like to thank Simons and Roland Berger for their invaluable support, and Air Canada, the Museum’s Angel Circle, Bell, La Presse and the Montreal Gazette for their vital contributions.
The Museum extends its thanks to Quebec’s Ministère de la Culture et des Communications and the Conseil des arts de Montréal for their ongoing support. The exhibition also benefits from the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. The Museum’s International Exhibition Programme receives financial support from the Exhibition Fund of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Foundation and the Paul G. Desmarais Fund.
The Museum would also like to thank its Volunteer Guides for their essential contribution, as well as all its VIP members and the many individuals, corporations and foundations – in particular the Fondation de la Chenelière, directed by Michel de la Chenelière, and the Arte Musica Foundation, presided over by Pierre Bourgie – for their generosity.
We would also like to extend our gratitude to all those who, through their generous assistance, encouragement and support, made this exhibition and scholarly publication possible.