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image_galleryMMFA – the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents an innovative interdisciplinary exhibition, exploring for the  first time the important interrelationships that exist between the visual arts and music in the Venetian Republic, from the early sixteenth century to the fall of the Serenissima at the close of the eighteenth century, a period during which these art forms served the political ambitions of the state and civic institutions and became increasingly central to the economy of the Republic.

VENEZIA, Teatro La Fenice - 5 ottobre 2012 : inaugurazione della Stagione Sinfonica 2012-2013 - foto di Michele Crosera

VENEZIA, Teatro La Fenice – 5 ottobre 2012 : inaugurazione della Stagione Sinfonica 2012-2013 – foto di Michele Crosera

Visitors to the exhibition will discover the splendours of Venice through the musical scene: salons, where chamber music performances were featured, the elaborate carnevale, the theatre, street performances and the festive, costumed commedia dell’arte. Featuring approximately 120 paintings, prints and drawings, as well as historical instruments, musical manuscripts and texts, the exhibition paints a portrait of extraordinary artistic and musical creativity.

This  Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents together masterworks by many of the most renowned names associated with the city on the lagoon, and directly associated with its musical life: Tiziano, Tintoretto, Bassano, Giovanni Battista and Domenico Tiepolo, Francesco Guardi,… Many of whom were also amateur musicians, as well as Bernardo Strozzi, Pietro Longhi and Canaletto, whose paintings record the role of music in Venetian life. The exhibition also includes manuscripts and publications by Venetian composers like the Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Albinoni, Lotti and Vivaldi, with several instruments.

The works on loan for this major exhibition – including precious historical instruments – have been contributed by 61 prominent international collections in Canada and abroad, including: from the United States – the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library & Museum, the New York Public Library, the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art (Washington); from Italy – the Palatine Gallery, Uffizi, Capitoline, Cini Foundation, Accademia (Venice), Museo Correr; from the rest of Europe – Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, Madrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza, London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery and National Gallery, the Louvre and the Cité de la musique in Paris.



The Arte Musica Foundation presents 20 concerts + 7 lectures + 3 films. Aside from the international guests performing for the first time in Canada – the ensembles Accordone (Italy; October 9 and 10), Orchester Jakobsplatz München (Germany; October 23), XVIII21 Le Baroque Nomade (France; November 8) and the CambiniParis Quartet (France; December 6) – Isolde Lagacé, General and Artistic Director of the Arte Musica Foundation, made sure to include the Montreal musical scene, so that all of Montreal would resound with the “sound” of Venice. A real celebration of Italian arts and music, the programming will also present rarely performed works — the string quartets of Maddalena Laura Sirmen and Giuseppe Maria Cambini, an exceptional concert of duets and duels performed by two organists (October 26) and the Montreal premiere of Vivaldi’s oratorio Juditha Triumphans (January 18, 2014).



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