A Day at the Museum in Montréal

If you find yourself exploring Montréal in the fall, why not wile away the hours at the Montreal Museum of Arts, also known as Musée des Beaux-Arts to the local culture vultures.

You Say You Want a Revolution? Journey back in time to the sixties where Flower Power, music and demonstrations were the order of the day. The exhibit originated at London’s venerable Victoria and Albert Museum and is hailed as a musical odyssey of pop art, film, fashion, design and of course, pop tunes of the period.

The journey begins with the Pop Art and Mary Quant fashions of London’s Carnaby Street to the 1968 peace demonstrations in Paris and “Be sure to wear flowers in your hair at the Summer of Love in San Francisco and Woodstock and concludes at Montreal’s Expo 1967 with a focus on mass design and consumerism. Music from the Beatles, The Who, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Jimi Hendrix, Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and James Brown make up some of the background while guests can view 700 objects from clothing, posters, album covers and photographs resonate in the galleries. The exhibit runs June 17th through October 9th.

If haute couture is more your style, catch the Love is Love exhibit which features fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier’s “Wedding Bliss” designs for the bride’s big day. Displayed on a gigantic wedding cake crowned by computer-animated models, Love is Love showcases fashion’s French enfant terrible prêt-à-porter fashion designer who was known for his unconventional designs (case in point: his conical bra designs for Madonna). The former creative director of Hermes notes that this show by the MMFA is “my biggest fashion show ever!” and has enjoyed a record-setting international tour. Love is Love: Wedding Bliss for All a la Jean Paul Gaultier features 37 gowns and suits from 1991 to 2017, runs through October 9th.

And while you are in the area, step outside and enjoy the museum’s public art exhibition on Sherbrooke Street. The exhibition, La Balade pour la Paix coincides with the city’s 375th anniversary and the country’s 150th anniversary and showcases 40 large-scale photographs and 67 unique works of art and sculptures keeping peace, tolerance and humanism in mind. Some of the more unusual works include works by Keith Haring, Zhang Huan’s stainless steal panda bears and a host of renowned Canadian artists. The streets are lined with colorful flags of the world’s 200 plus countries and the 13 provinces of Canada. Also coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Expo 67, the summer-long open-air museum concludes October 27th.

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