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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

Spokesperson’s Statement

“It is with great pleasure that I am involved for the first time as a spokesperson for MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image. I am proud to be associated with an organization that for more than 30 years has been raising public awareness on current issues related to the image in contemporary art. As an artist, I think it is essential to promote emerging practices from Canada and abroad, and to make art accessible to everyone. MOMENTA offers an exciting program of exhibitions and educational activities that fosters reflection and exchanges. Whether or not you are familiar with the world of images, you will discover in this edition of MOMENTA artworks that will surprise you and change your perception of the things that surround us. Let yourself be inspired by The Life of Things!”

Anne-Élisabeth Bossé

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

OPTICA Saturday, Oct 19th1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Workshop [families]Workshop [groups]Workshop [individuals] The Forgotten Stories of Objects! Around the work of Batia Suter! Workshop [families]Workshop [groups]Workshop [individuals]

For youths (children aged 4 and older) and adults
As part of “Saturdays with the Family”, the workshop is open to the whole family and will run continually. Feel free to join in at any time.
> Offered on September 14 and October 19 (1 to 4 pm)
> Duration : 1:15
> Free of charge
> Bilingual
> No booking required
> For more information, please contact Sandrine Côté:

As part of MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image, OPTICA is presenting the work of artist Batia Suter: she collects, accumulates and classifies images she finds in photo albums, world atlases, illustrated encyclopedias, art and history books, animal magazines, and much more. With family or friends, OPTICA invites you to play the artist’s game during a creative workshop on image transfer. Come, in turn, to assemble, disassemble, arrange, disturb, rearrange and combine the images until a sensible imagination emerges from this chaos of found images. 

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 5th The Archivist – Celia Perrin Sidarous

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

Occurrence Sept 7th to Oct 19th Entre mer et terre – Raphaëlle de Groot

Exhibition from September 7 to October 19, 2019 
Tuesday–Saturday: 12 pm to 5 pm
Free admission

Dazibao Sept 7th to Oct 19th Libertad – Karen Paulina Biswell + Laura Huertas Millán + Ana Mendieta

Exhibition from September 7 to October 19, 2019 
Tuesday–Saturday: 12 pm to 5 pm
Thursday: 12 pm to 7 pm
Free admission

OPTICA Sept 7th to Oct 19th The Geopoetics of Things – Miguel Angel Ríos and Radial Grammar – Batia Suter

Exhibition from September 7 to October 19, 2019 
Tuesday–Saturday: 12 pm to 5 pm
Free admission

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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