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“Kind of random” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal

Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal
185 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Quartier des Spectacles)
514-847-6226
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A major Canadian institution dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, the Musée offers a varied program ranging from presentations of its Permanent Collection to exhibitions of works by Québec, Canadian and international artists. Through Education and Documentation Department, the museum presents a host of educational activities further to connect the general public with contemporary art.
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“Kind of random”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

My opinion is probably biased by the fact that I'm not a huge fan of modern art, but I do occasionally find modern art museum that I like. This was just not one of them. Other than the short movies, I had a hard time attaching to a theme of any sort when wandering around the gallery. Some of the sculptures obviously took talent to create, but I didn't find all that pleasant, or even all that interesting, to look at. And, again, I really didn't get how things were supposed to tie together. The paintings ... after a while they just started to irritate me. A large portion of the wall space (and there was plenty of blank wall space in this museum) was devoted to canvasses of solid colors that may or may not have had some texture added. Then there were a number of paintings of very mundane things, like an empty apartment, window sills, the siding of houses. There was a lot of that, and after a while, I couldn't decide what made me more annoyed ... the fact that someone spent time on it and actually got it into a museum, or the fact that I paid money to see it. Probably the latter. The short movies by Janet Biggs kind of rescued the visit for me. They presented interesting footage of mostly Arctic and mountain scenery with some contrasting images of singing performers. They were thought provoking without really spoon-feeding you a specific message. This museum had only one, albeit fairly large, floor of exhibits so it doesn't warrant a long visit ... an hour or two at the most. The cost is $12 per person, so it's not pricey. But after staring at some of the mono-chrome canvases and oddly mundane, even boring, subject matter don't be surprised if you feel like you want your $12 back.

Visited November 2012
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“Lovely Space, Interactive Art”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Very well thought out exhibits paired with an equally well thought out floor plan that encourages the appreciation of contemporary art even for the slightly curious tourist. We saw Ai Wei Wei's jaw-dropping animal horoscope exhibit. Montreal is lucky to have such a space.

Visited August 2012
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“Shining as always!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Whether it is for a temporary exhibit or to see the permanent expositions, I always find that this museum as one of the finest in north america. The employees are very knowledgeable and friendly, ask them quations on arts there will provide very pertinent feedback.

Visited October 2012
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“Interesting exhibits with excellent visiting collection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

I really enjoyed my time in the gallery. I spent about 1.5 hours slowly wandering through the rooms. The visiting and permanent exhibits were nice. I disagree with some of the negative reviews - yes you have to pay, but if you appreciate modern art you will enjoy it.

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macmtl, Responsable du Web at Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal, responded to this review, October 9, 2012
Thank you so much for this good review. We really appreciate it. We are very happy to know that you had a great time in our Museum.
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Valérie Sirard
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“Let your mind grow around each corner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

The Zoo exhibit takes you to places you do not expect, nor necessarily want to be, but you come abreast of some work that will not permit you to be ambiguous. The balance of the museum is also a treat - and a challenge.

Visited August 2012
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