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The Arts of One World

Stephan Crétier and Stéphany Maillery Wing
Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion – Level 4

masks from The Arts of One World Collection at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

The concept of One World was introduced by Martinique poet and philosopher Édouard Glissant (1928-2011), who interpreted modernity as a process in which all peoples and cultures are in interrelation in a non-hierarchical world.

An exceptional tool for discovering and understanding cultural diversity in Canada and around the world, the Stephan Crétier and Stéphany Maillery Wing for the Arts of One World is made up of 10 galleries that feature more than 1,500 objects and works from every continent, spanning the 4th millennium BCE to today. Its presentation design sparks a transhistorical reflection on our cultural heritage and contemporary creation.

Digital Experience: 根付 Netsuke Hands On

Tucked away in the Stephan Crétier and Stéphany Maillery Wing for the Arts of One World is a collection of tiny, exquisitely detailed Japanese objects, called netsuke. These figurines that fit in the palm of your hand carry a rich, though little-known, history. Be sure to have your smartphone and earphones with you on your next visit to the Museum, so you can learn more about them in this fascinating new way.

The digital experience, which you access via a QR code located next to the netsuke, playfully replicates the lost pleasure of tactile exploration, while respecting the restrictions around touching objects on display in our museums. Using 3D modelling, it allows users to “manipulate” the objects, and see them up close from angles that would normally be hidden from view. In addition, its audio content takes the user beneath the surface of the netsuke to reveal their layered histories and meanings.

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