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Kaleidoscope Variations on Glass

Using mirrors and pieces of glass, a kaleidoscope creates an infinite variety of shapes and colours. The philosopher Walter Benjamin has compared this device to history, as an organized construction made out of disparate elements. Looking at contemporary Québec glass in this light is a way of bringing out its many variations in a structured manner. Here are four ways of looking at glass production through 27 works, all of them found in the MNBAQ’s collection:

Transparency and Aura brings together works in which the effects of transparency and opacity create this peculiar and intangible presence unique to glass.

The Object and Sculpture is a body of work in which the material is either at the service of a purely decorative function or is the vehicle of a sculptural expression.

Narrative and History assembles pieces which narrate and dream, or draw on memory and the past.

Nature and Life is a recurring theme through which glass becomes a fantastic and poetic flora.

Exhibition designed and circulated by the Musé national des beaux-arts du Québec.

Découvrez l'exposition Kaléidoscope : Variations sur le verre présentée au MNBAQ.

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    Donald Robertson, Helmet with Horses, 2008. Lost-wax moulded crystal. MNBAQ coll.

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    Maude Bussières, Dans ma tête: Circulation, 2007. Lampwork and steel. MNBAQ coll.


Itinerary (ENDED)

Centre national d’exposition, Saguenay  22 January – 15 April 2012
Musée régional de la Côte-Nord, Sept-Îles 16 June – 2 September 2012
Centre d’exposition d’Amos 16 September – 18 November 2012
Musée minéralogique et minier de Thetford Mines 26 January – 7 April 2013
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec 15 May – 13 October 2013
Galerie d’art du Centre culturel de l’Université de Sherbrooke 29 October – 14 December 2013
Musée de la Gaspésie 7 February – 24 May 2014

For more information, contact us at expositions-itinerantes@mnba.qc.ca