Between bouts of fine wine quaffing and stuffing ourselves with great food in Montreal this past weekend, we made time for two gallery visits. Musée des Beaux-Arts has a remarkable Rodin exhibition featuring 300 works, many never before seen in North America. I now have a greater appreciation of just what a creative force Rodin really was. Also on display was a 40+ year retrospective of works by Montreal artist Marion Wagschal
, with whom we were unfamiliar before this show. Fascinating work whose dreamy qualities seemed influenced by Chagall, Goya and more than a touch of Lucien Freud. Highly recommended.
Our other visit was to view David Altmejd's
fantastical constructs at Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal. After a few hours in the company of these surreal, painstakingly assembled works, some filling entire rooms, I'm certain our brains were sore from being stretched in so many new directions. Lots of fun as long as I'm not asked to interpret what it all means.