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The MMFA presents I love my Museum, a cultural program custom-made for our Members. The program allows you to explore works of art through virtual activities and exclusive content.

In addition, you’ll receive weekly video clips revealing the history and secrets of treasures in our collection.

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The Eye, David Altmejd

The Eye is characteristic of the work of David Altmejd, one of the most internationally renowned Quebec artists. The sculptor, whose influences range from Louise Bourgeois and David Lynch to Francisco de Goya, believes that contemporary art is accessible to everyone and doesn’t require extensive explanation to be appreciated. Here, we see a winged standing figure with a large hole in the middle of its torso, from which hands are emerging. Its head is formed by casts of the artist’s hands, and one of its arms seems to be a prosthesis. But what secrets does this mysterious figure hide?

Part of the answer undoubtedly lies in the work’s powerful symbolism. With the hands that seem to at once compose and be shaping the body, Altmejd wanted to evoke a human in the making, whose ultimate form eludes him. In fact, metamorphosis is a recurring theme with the artist, hence his fascination with fantastical beings. The gaping hole represents an infinite inner space that is the gateway to art, culture and knowledge. Eminently positive, it lets through light, air and life. As for the sculpture’s monumental size, the artist has said that working at this scale allows him to live intensely and counterbalances his shyness. The artist added wings to bring some lightness to the overall feel of the sculpture.

Through its contrapposto and its various contemporary elements, The Eye bridges multiple eras, from the Classical period and the Renaissance – recalling Winged Victory of Samothrace and Michelangelo’s David – to modern times. Benevolent and protective, this figure watches over the Museum, its works and its visitors.

David Altmejd (Born in Montreal in 1974), The Eye, 2010-2011, bronze, cast Atelier du Bronze, Inverness, Quebec. MMFA, gift of the artist and the employees of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts during the Museum Campaign 2008-2012
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Videos

Coup de cœur de la conservation / Curatorial’s Pick | Erell Hubert
Qijia, CHINA, GANSU PROVINCE, ritual disc (“bi”)

Qijia, CHINA, GANSU PROVINCE, ritual disc (“bi”), about 2000 B.C.E. MMFA, purchase, gift of F. Cleveland Morgan. Photo MMFA, Christine Guest

Coup de cœur de la conservation / Curatorial’s Pick | Laura Vigo
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

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

Coup de cœur de la conservation / Curatorial’s Pick | Lisa Koperqualuk
Andreas Feininger, Triumphant Star Shell (Guildfordia triumphans Philippi)

Andreas Feininger, Triumphant Star Shell (Guildfordia triumphans Philippi), before 1972. MMFA, Wysse E. Feininger Bequest

Coup de cœur de la conservation / Curatorial’s Pick | Iris Amizlev
Marie Spartali Stillman, Luisa Strozzi, 1884. MMFA, gift of Henry B. Yates in memory of Edward Maxwell (1867-1923). Photo MMFA, Christine Guest

Marie Spartali Stillman, Luisa Strozzi, 1884. MMFA, gift of Henry B. Yates in memory of Edward Maxwell (1867-1923). Photo MMFA, Christine Guest

Coup de cœur de la conservation / Curatorial’s Pick | Anne Grace
The Eye by David Altmejd
My mother talks about Caribou by Mattiusi Iyaituk
Rug by Dominique Blain
The King's Beavers by Kent Monkman
Christian Boltanski's Reliquary according to Élaine Labrie, educator
Man leading liberty - Aydin Matlabi
Travelling in Wu with Laura Vigo, curator
Fictional Portraits - Janet Werner, painter
FIONA PARDINGTON • Nouvelle acquisition | Latest acquisition
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Indian War Canoe (Alert Bay)
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