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Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
Until Oct. 10, 2022

Conceived by artist Angela Marsh, the wasteland garden project C’est vraiment juste une histoire d’amour leads visitors outside the walls of the museum and into an open laboratory for a collaboration between ecology, ­landscaping, visual arts, literature and science. This initiative, based on the idea of “conscious non-gesture,” is accompanied by the words of 2022’s invited poet, Andrée Levesque Sioui, and it invites participants to appreciate the outdoors beyond the reflexive utilitarian value. Over time, flora and fauna develop naturally around the environment in which they exist. In addition to the manual mowing of lawns that allows viewers to wander, the artist’s ­interventions are solidified in “landscape drawings” destined to progressively metamorphose like a wasteland. The whole of it is sectioned off by fake wrought-iron bars to put the idea of private property into perspective. The Plains of Abraham will host this living garden close to the Edwin-Bélanger kiosk until Oct. 10. www.mnbaq.org

Montreal Museum of Fine arts
Until july 2, 2023

In the exhibition Views of Within: Picturing the Spaces We Inhabit, different concepts of interior space are presented through the ­museum’s collection of works that pulls ­together artists of different backgrounds, like Sorel Cohen, Pierre Dorion, Natalie Reis, Stan Douglas, Ian Wallace and Oreka James. Views of Within: Picturing the Spaces We Inhabit seeks to highlight multiple variations of interior space both as it relates to different people and different situations.  www.mbam.qc.ca

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Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Until oct. 10, 2022

Uniting video art, installation art and sculpture, New York artist Mika Rottenberg’s eponymous work explores the rapport ­between machines and the human body in an industrial era dominated by capitalism and mass production through a charged, ultra-colourful style. Influenced by the writings of Marx, the artist calls her work “social surrealism.” ­Occasionally taking on the role of a fictional documentary, the videos showcase the working conditions wrought by worldwide mass ­production in a ludic and transgressive fashion. www.macm.org

McCord museum
Until april 16, 2023

McCord Museum, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, presents the first major ­exhibition dedicated to photographer Alexander Henderson (1831-1913). Henderson, who mainly photographed majestic natural ­landscapes without excluding urban scenes, has become one of Canada’s most important landscape photographers. A total of 250 ­original and reproduced photographs as well as archived documents tracing back Henderson’s life are to be discovered in this exhibition, where the museum invites the viewer on a journey through grand spaces, following Henderson’s own journey from his first ­excursions around Montreal to the outer ­regions of Quebec. Viewers will see Outaouais, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord, the Saguenay fjord and the Canadian West. www.musee-mccord.qc.ca

Pointe-à-Callière museum
until oct. 10, 2022

You have until Oct. 10 to see this exhibition, pulled from the Denmark National Museum’s Viking collection and exclusively premièring in Quebec.

Viewers will discover 650 authentic Viking-era objects, including refined jewelry and ­ornaments, weapons, tools and everyday items. Adopting an original approach to the cross-section between myth and reality, VIKINGS – Dragons des mers du Nord ­invites viewers to an immersive world where the real and the imaginary mix, with a ­captivating scenographic component that ­integrates images from Ubisoft Montreal’s game Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. www.pacmusee.qc.ca

Ottawa art gallery
Until feb. 26, 2023

Focused on the effects of climate change on the world’s ecosystems, particularly noticeable in northern territories and communities, Leslie Reid and Robert Kautuk’s Dark Ice is at the intersection of artistic practices, services and activities. As a painter and photographer, Reid retraced his father’s cartographic recordings from the beginning of the Cold War, ­noting the effects of colonialism on the ­northern landscape. Kautuk, on the other hand, works with drone technology. The ­collaboration between Kautuk and Reid ­combines their respective methods of Arctic cartography to offer diverse perspectives on climate change. www.oaggao.ca

Musée de la Civilisation
Various Dates

With Le temps des Québécois, Musée de la Civilisation features more than 375 archived objects and documents found in the ­museum’s collection, to which have been added original film montages presenting ­historic moments in Quebec. This reference exhibition highlights the benchmark ­moments that aid in understanding the ­Quebec of today. It tells the story of Quebec’s first people, the meetings between Indigenous peoples and the Europeans, life during the New-France era and under the British regime, without forgetting the arrival of ­immigrants and the transition from rural life to urban life. After an unmissable stop at the Quiet Revolution, the exhibition reflects on the state of Quebec from the 1980s to today. The Métissage musical thematic tour is ­available on the museum’s mobile app and covers 400 years of music in Quebec. ­Available until Jan. 3.

Presented in a virtual format, Des images dans la pierre examines Canada’s thousand-year-old rock art. From Nova Scotia to ­northern Quebec, paintings and petroglyphs dating back some 5,000 years tell viewers about the places, eras, practices and beliefs that surrounded them. www.mcq.org    

Translation by Zenith Wolfe

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