Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art

MUSÉE D'ART CONTEMPORAIN DE MONTRÉAL | 185, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
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The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) is proud to present an exhibition devoted to one of the most influential Canadian artists of her generation, Liz Magor. Habitude.

Examining the human condition through material Canadian artist Liz Magor is unquestionably one of the most important artists of her generation. Liz Magor. Habitude is a non-chronological survey, the most ambitious ever presented, that brings together at the MAC sculptures and installations produced over the last 40 years. It sheds light on the recurring themes, emotional range and materials explored by the artist, enabling visitors to observe her judicious assembling of objects of everyday life, which gives rise to a disturbing feeling of absence. Shifting between the intimate and the monumental, the works on view illustrate the scope of a practice "whose concerns include interior psychological states of addiction and desire, of compulsion and consumption as well as and how meaning is constructed through material forms and objects," observes John Zeppetelli, Director and Chief Curator of the Musée.

Magor demonstrates a conceptual rigour which she combines with an intense investigation of materials. The show reveals the conceptual and formal aspects of the work of this remarkable artist, with very recent pieces displayed alongside others from earlier in her career. Co-curators Lesley Johnstone and Dan Adler state: "It's remarkable given the diversity of materials—everything from twigs to tweeds, from chocolate to cigarettes—that Magor has maintained the same level of procedural rigour and conceptual complexity for more that 40 years."

Organization and co-production
The curators of the exhibition are Lesley Johnstone, Curator and Head of Exhibitions and Education at the MAC, and Dan Adler, Guest Curator and Professor at York University in Toronto.

Coproduction between the MAC, the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, and the Kunstverein in Hamburg.