The late Leonard Cohen will be the subject of a tribute exhibition at Le Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal (MAC) from Nov. 9, 2017 to April 9, 2018.
“Leonard Cohen – Une breche en tout chose / A Crack in Everything” is part of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations, and will open almost a year after the legendary Montreal native’s passing.
Alongside the exhibition, Pop Montreal will be putting on a Cohen tribute concert series featuring a fantastic selection of musicians. Sufjan Stevens and The National will perform together, and Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales will also hit the stage. Other artists already set to appear include Moby, Julia Holter, Basia Bulat, Little Scream, Douglas Dare, Jean Leloup, and more.
Cohen himself gave authorization for the exhibition before he died last year.
“When we came up with the idea for this exhibition, we went to seek the agreement of Leonard Cohen, who was thrilled with the project and the angle we were proposing,” exhibition curator John Zeppetelli said in a statement. “It was important for him that this exhibit would not be of a biographical nature. From the start, the project was thought as a contemporary artistic exploration of a life’s work, and in that sense, he was thrilled to be able to inspire other artists through his art.”
Zeppetelli’s statement continues: “Given his recent death, our exhibition has taken on a new meaning. It has also become a tribute to this global star. We have a great responsibility to the public and the approach adopted by the artists will definitely be sensitive to this aspect, to reflect both our gratitude and our respect for this Montreal artist.”
The exhibition will feature writings, drawings and a collection of recordings from Cohen’s personal archives. Performance artist Jenny Holzer will be on hand to project a curated selection of Cohen’s work onto Silo No. 5 in Montreal.