At the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1920s Modernity in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group

1920s modernity in Montreal2Year round there are wonderful exhibits to take in at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Often there is something related to Montreal and artists from right here. For instance, right now there is an exhibition entitled 1920s Modernity in Montreal that runs until January 31, 2016.


The 1920s in Montreal was a fun time.  Around 20 artists from here banded together to form an art collective called the Beaver Hall Group.  They had all studied at the Art Association of Montreal (the precursor to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts), were mostly Anglophones and came to be known as the group that brought to light modernity in art in Canada in the 20s.  Interestingly, about half of the group was made up of female artists.


As for their art it was a representation of the Roaring 20s in this city. A mixing of landscape and portrait resulted in humanized landscapes.  Modernity in painting at this point meant lively contrasting colours, two-dimensionality, originality of composition, and a connection with reality.  The group, which was together from 1920 until 1933, gained notoriety and were asked to exhibit at galleries in London and Paris as well as with the other famous Canadian art group of the time, the Group of Seven.


The exhibition is accompanied by music of the era.  It aims at showing the talent within the group and the impact they had on the Canadian art world.  A forgotten group is there waiting to be rediscovered.


Additional Information:

-Dates:  Runs until January 31, 2016

-Venue:  Montreal Museum of Fine Arts


-Ticket Purchase:

-Ticket Prices:  Ages 31 and Up – $20.00

Ages 13-30 – $12.00

0-12 – Free

– Schedule – Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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