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The life of Things

An international contemporary art biennale devoted to the image 

Since more than thirty years: an exceptional rendezvous in Montréal’s most important museums, galleries and artist-run centres. 

Based in Montréal, the biennale has taken place every two years since 1989. Its activities include exhibitions, public events, educational programs, artistic and social collaborations, and more. 

From September 5 to October 13, 2019, the 16th edition of the biennale presents 39 artists around the theme The Life of Things, curated by María Wills Londoño in collaboration with Audrey Genois and Maude Johnson.

Five exhibitions of the biennale remain open to the public between November and January: Izumi Miyazaki in the Mile End, Alinka Echeverría at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Francis Alÿs at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Marina Gadonneix at the Musée d’art de Joliette, and Celia Perrin Sidarous at the McCord Museum.

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*Admission fees apply for exhibitions at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and at Musée d’art de Joliette.

39 Artists
20 Countries
13 Exhibitions
12 Venues + Public Space of Mile End

Thank you!

Theme MOMENTA 2019 The Life of Things
MOMENTA Creative Workshops and Tours
Events Calendar
© Jérôme Havre + Cauleen Smith + Camille Turner / Elisabeth Belliveau / Bridget Moser / Victoria Sin


Upcoming events

Mile End district – Public space Aug 15th to Nov 4th #TrouvezIzumi Tour – Izumi Miyazaki

Exhibition from August 15 to November 4, 2019
The works of Izumi Miyazaki are presented as part of the #TrouvezIzumi Tour, on the façades of these locations:
– Aire Commune
– B-612
– Boulangerie Guillaume
– Loft Créatif
– M Coiffure
– Ping Pong Club

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal Sept 4th to Jan 5th Children’s Games – Francis Alÿs

Exhibition from September 4, 2019 to January 5, 2020 
Tuesday: 11 am to 6 pm
Wednesday–Friday: 11 am to 9 pm
Saturday–Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm

Montréal Museum of Fine Arts Sept 5th to Dec 1st Simulacra – Alinka Echeverría

Exhibition from September 5 to December 1, 2019
Schedule: Tuesday–Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm

McCord Museum Sept 6th to Jan 12th The Archivist – Celia Perrin Sidarous

Exhibition from September 6, 2019 to January 12, 2020
Tuesday–Friday: 10 am to 6 pm
Wednesday: 10 am to 9 pm
Saturday–Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm

Musée d’art de Joliette Sept 28th to Jan 5th Phenomena – Marina Gadonneix

Exhibition from September 28, 2019 to January 5, 2020 
Tuesday–Friday: 12 pm to 5 pm
Saturday–Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm

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