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Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal

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Address: 185 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H2X 3X5, Canada
Phone Number: 15148476226
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Tue 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Description: A major Canadian institution dedicated exclusively to contemporary art...
A major Canadian institution dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) is located in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles and at the site of Place des Arts. It lies in the centre of a unique cultural complex in Canada, combining both the performing and visual arts. Founded in 1964, the MAC is the first institution in Canada devoted exclusively to contemporary art. The Museum offers a varied program, including the presentation of its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions of works by artists from Québec, Canada, and abroad.
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Contemporary is the Word

Very, very modern: not just two or three dimensional art but sound and light as well. At times confronting by the sheer volume of work by single artists, with some works taking... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Went after 5pm and was greeted with a large line but it moved fairly quickly, and we got half price as we entered after 5pm.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Very, very modern: not just two or three dimensional art but sound and light as well. At times confronting by the sheer volume of work by single artists, with some works taking the mundane and giving it the label "art". I think it requires return visits to take it all in: too much to grapple with in one visit.

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Amherst, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Go see the David Altmejd exhibit. You might hate it or you might love it; I thought it was marvelous. I think you will have an opinion! The other exhibits at the museum were less impressive-- in my opinion.

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I arrived just after five o'clock on a Thursday evening to find that entry is half-price on a couple of weekdays when the museum opens until late. The museum has one gallery with a range of pieces from the permanent collection, and a couple of galleries with special exhibitions. The current (August 2015) show of David Altmejd's work was weirdly... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

There is always weird and interesting stuff at these type of museums. As usual there are pieces that make no sense to me at all but it is worth a visit as it makes you wonder and think outside the box.

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Columbus, Ohio
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The museum does not help its visitors enjoy the exhibits. There is no floor plan. Visitors must simply wander around with no direction. One temporary special exhibit could have been fascinating..the David Altmejd..is complex and the visitor needs guidance to fully appreciate. The art is displayed in semi lit rooms...the very small explanation plaques are in tiny print, grey lettering.... More 

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We recently visited and saw David Altmejd and John Raffman and they were both excellent! Very professional and a wonderful exploration of two local artists. The David Altmejd - Flux exhibition had a great webapp, which provided additional information that helped to understand the artist while not clogging the exhibition space with too much text. The permanent collection galleries weren't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The Montréal artist David Altmejd's exhibit 'FLUX' is not to be missed. Words cannot describe his work. You just have to go and experience it for yourself. Be prepared to be wow'd!

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The museum of modern art in Montreal is what I expected. A lot of contemporary art that does not alway suit my taste, or my definition of what art is. If you like that type of art, then this is a place for you, but if not don't waste your time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The installation piece they have right now (July 2015) is amazing. Small museum, but good galleries. Sculpture garden is quite small, a bit disappointing.

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Quartier des Spectacles
The bar-none entertainment district for music and arts, Quartier des Spectacles is an interactive playground that delights the senses. It totals over 30 performance halls, with the vibrant Place des Festivals at its heart. The outdoor event space features glowing towers, glass edifices, and granite-lined bike paths, and hosts annual festivals, concerts, and comedy nights. The cinema, theaters, and exhibition centers are entwined with external art projects, exemplified at Montreal's Contemporary Art Museum and appearing along every walkway of the Promenade des Artistes in the form of sculpture and public works, from digitally-enhanced swingsets to glowing fountains. Design, performance, and alternative music come together here, a stone's throw from the lively Latin Quarter along Rue Saint-Denis, the quintessential after-party spot for dinner and a drink following a day of jazz, poetry and play.