The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) has unveiled its program for the year 2019, a program inflected by two premieres that explore inside universes that fascinate, whether from the complexity of their codes or the wealth of their history: In a world premiere, the Museum presents the haute couture of French fashion designer Thierry Mugler; and in a North American premiere, the MMFA will reveal the secrets of the mummies of ancient Egypt with the help of the latest innovations in science and technology.
This year will also be an occasion to discover many contemporary works from near and far: ten fashion designers in Montreal Couture; Senegal-born plastic artist Omar Ba; the original graphic work of Abenaki film-maker Alanis Obomsawin; the current art collection of Ontario philanthropist Bruce Bailey, as well as artists Rachel Harrison, Cindy Sherman and Laurie Simmons. The MMFA takes part in MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image with the Mexican-British photographer Alinka Echeverría who examines the representation of women in photography. Two unique looks at Canadian art history study drawings from live models in Montreal and the Sir William Van Horne collection of Japanese ceramics.
Finally, in the fall of 2019 there will be a celebration of intercultural dialogue though art, with the inauguration of the new Stéphan Crétier and Stéphany Maillery Wing for World Cultures and Togetherness.
Alan Strutt, Yasmin Le Bon on stage at the Palladium, London, 1997; Evening Standard, October 31, 1997. © Alan Strutt | Mummy of Irthorru (detail), Late period, 26th Dynasty, c.600 BC, EA 20745 © The Trustees of the British Museum.