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The MAC Exhibition for LC to go to New York, Copenhagen, San Francisco

Post by MarieM » Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:39 pm ... wP1GWCmCC8
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Leonard Cohen Exhibition to Come to New York

By Sara Aridi

Nov. 13, 2018

An exhibition on the life and work of Leonard Cohen will be coming to New York next year.

“Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything,” first presented by the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, will make its first stop on a worldwide tour at the Jewish Museum in April. It will be on view there until September before traveling to Copenhagen and San Francisco.

Organized by the curators John Zeppetelli and Victor Shiffman, the multimedia exhibition features commissioned works by international artists and pays tribute to Cohen’s music, poetry and lyrics.

As the exhibition was coming together, Cohen died at 82 in November 2016. “What began as an incredible, dizzying celebration full of admiration for this great Montrealer and planetary star then necessarily also morphed into a much more solemn and commemorative experience,” Zeppetelli said.

“We’re so happy to be able to premiere the show outside of Canada, and to do it in New York is just so gratifying,” he added.

The New York show will be slightly smaller than the Montreal presentation. It will take up two full floors at the Jewish Museum, and an installation will be set up in a video viewing room on a separate floor.

Among the show’s highlights are two video installations: “The Offerings,” a piece by Kara Blake that loops clips of Cohen ruminating on the themes of his work in interviews, and “Passing Through,” an immersive, 360-degree video work that draws from 50 years of onstage moments throughout Cohen’s career.

The exhibition will also feature Cohen’s own drawings and a multimedia gallery where visitors can listen to covers of Cohen’s songs by musicians like Feist, Moby and Lou Doillon.

When Claudia Gould, the director of the Jewish Museum, visited “A Crack in Everything” in Montreal, she knew it had to come to New York. After all, that’s where the young Cohen mingled with Lou Reed, Bob Dylan and Andy Warhol when he first pursued a songwriting career in the 1960s.

“The show is extremely moving,” Gould said. “I walked in really excited and happy, and I walked out excited and happy — with tears in my eyes.”

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With its First Stop in New York City

Montreal, November 13, 2018—It’s official: the tour of the exhibition Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything, organized by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC), will begin in the United States, at the Jewish Museum in New York City, starting April 12 and running through September 8, 2019. The tour will then continue on to Copenhagen, at the Kunstforeningen GL STRAND and Nikolaj Kunsthal in October 2019; followed by San Francisco in September 2020, at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Plans are underway to extend this first phase of the tour and add other destinations. With this tour, the MAC joins forces with renowned museums in cultural capitals around the world, and strengthens its presence on the international art scene as many of its exhibitions are currently touring. The Museum also achieves its objectives of presenting and promoting Québec, Canadian and international artists, as well as promoting Montréal, Leonard Cohen’s hometown.

Developed as part of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary, Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything was inaugurated on November, 9, 2017, at the MAC, one year after the death of Leonard Cohen. A record number of 315,000 visitors attended the exhibit, making it one of the most viewed in the Museum’s history.

“I find it extremely moving to tour this exhibition, which was one of MAC’s greatest successes and also one of the most beautiful exhibitions I had the pleasure to organize in my life,” said John Zeppetelli, Director and Chief Curator at the MAC. “The great interest it piques on the international scene confirms the colossal impact of the work of Leonard Cohen, whose legacy remains alive and current despite his passing. I am extremely pleased that Cohen fans around the world will have the opportunity to discover this exhibition that has reached such a wide audience in Montreal, from all backgrounds and ages. It’s also exciting to know that the exhibition will travel around the world at a time when the MAC’s local offerings will be reduced due to the Museum’s renovations,” he added.

The MAC was honoured to have received Leonard Cohen’s personal approval and endorsement for the project. “When we came up with the idea for this exhibition, we went to seek the agreement of Leonard Cohen, who accepted because of the angle we were proposing. It was important for him that this exhibit would not be of a biographical nature. From the start, the project was conceived 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. Given his recent death, our exhibition has taken on a new meaning. It has also become a tribute to a local icon and a global star,” explained John Zeppetelli.

The tour schedule

The Jewish Museum
New York City, United States
April 12, 2019 – September 8, 2019

Kunstforeningen GL STRAND and Nikolaj Kunsthal
Copenhagen, Danemark
October 23, 2019 – February 16, 2020

Contemporary Jewish Museum
San Francisco, United States
September 17, 2020 – January 3, 2021

“I greatly admire Leonard Cohen’s use of language and acute observations on the human condition. By presenting Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything to New York audiences, we look forward to offering our visitors this opportunity to experience contemporary works of art that powerfully evoke the essence of Leonard Cohen’s moving and thought-provoking songs and poems.”

– Claudia Gould, Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director of the Jewish Museum, New York

“We are proud to present Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything at Kunstforeningen GL STRAND and Nikolaj Kunsthal in the fall of 2019. The exhibition offers a unique way of showing the legacy, life and work of one of the greatest writers and singers of our time. We are happy to give the Copenhagen audience the opportunity to experience this highly innovative art exhibition.”

– Helle Behrndt, Director of Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, Copenhagen

“The Contemporary Jewish Museum looks forward to presenting this luminous exhibition in 2020. As the west coast exclusive, we are thrilled to share the late Leonard Cohen’s life and the artistic responses it inspired with our diverse audiences. Cohen’s many creative contributions transcend time and place, and we cannot think of a more fitting space to exhibit his life and work than in a museum whose very architecture proclaims ‘life.”

– Lori Starr, Executive Director, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

About the exhibition
A truly multidisciplinary exhibition combining visual art, virtual reality, installations, music and writing, Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything offers the public a collection of new works created by a remarkable group of local and international artists who have been inspired by Leonard Cohen’s life, work and legacy. The audience is invited to experience an in-depth, immersive, participatory and visually captivating journey, through an exhibition devoted to the critical celebration, loving tribute and quiet commemoration of a vast artistic achievement and inspiring life.

The exhibition, which ran five months, was accompanied by a series of five concerts. A major catalogue—the 400th published by the MAC since the creation of the Museum in 1964—details this unique exhibition by tracing the two years of preparation preceding its opening. It includes texts by curators John Zeppetelli and Victor Shiffman, artists, Leonard Cohen’s biographer Sylvie Simons and author Chantal Ringuet.

Works on Tour
The MAC leverages the expertise of its curators and technical teams who work with museums to tailor the exhibit and create a unique presentation for each destination. The selection of works may vary from one museum to another, depending on the specific needs and availability of space. The following artists are confirmed for the tour:

Kara Blake, Candice Breitz, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Christophe Chassol, Daily tous les jours, Tacita Dean, Kota Ezawa, George Fok, Ari Folman, Jon Rafman, Zach Richter, The Sanchez Brothers and Taryn Simon.

Leonard Cohen’s self-portraits are also presented as part of the exhibition, as well as the audio installation Listening to Leonard, where visitors can listen to cover versions of Cohen’s songs performed by guest artists, including Feist, Lou Doillon, Moby, and The National with Sufjan Stevens, Richard Reed Parry and Ragnar Kjartansson.

The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal wishes to first thank Leonard Cohen, who gave his generous consent to the exhibition concept while alive. The MAC also wishes to thank the family and friends of Cohen, in particular Robert Kory, Adam Cohen and Lorca Cohen, who provided important support for the organization of this exhibition.

The MAC is pleased to be associated with local institutional partners who have generously contributed to the production of this exhibition. The MAC extends its warm thanks to CBC/Radio-Canada, the exhibition presenter and creator of exclusive content for the exhibition. CBC/Radio-Canada also made its archives available at no charge to the artists creating work for this project.

The MAC also wishes to thank its exhibition partners: DeSerres, Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) and the Société de transport de Montréal (STM).

Co-curatorial partners provided support in the realization of this exhibition. The MAC wishes to thank the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), which also made their full archives available free-of charge to the artists. The MAC and NFB are co-curators and coproducers of a work of art with the Daily tous les jours collective.

The MAC thanks Sony Music and Sony ATV for granting permission to use the songs and archival video material of Leonard Cohen to the artists and for the purpose of the exhibition.

The MAC greatly appreciates the contribution of partners who directly supported the creation of artworks by the artists: Goethe-Institut (Candice Breitz), Spotify (Daily tous les jours), Audio Z (George Fok), Consulate General of Israel in Montreal and the Swiss Institute (Ari Folman), as well as Lytro (Zach Richter).

The exhibition’s presentation in New York is supported by the Québec Government Office in New York and has additional funding from the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, for which the MAC is grateful.

The MAC is a provincially owned corporation funded by the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec. It receives additional funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts. The MAC acknowledges the support of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, a partner for educational activities, and of the National Bank of Canada, a partner of the Museum’s and the Foundation’s events.

Finally, the Musée sincerely thanks the following for their generous support: The Azrieli Foundation, the Stephen and Lillian Vineberg Family Foundation, Nick Tedeschi and Sal Guerrera, and Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation.

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Located in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal makes today’s art a vital part of Montréal and Québec life. For more than fifty years, this vibrant museum has brought together local and international artists, their works and an ever-growing public. It is also a place of discovery, offering visitors experiences that are continually changing and new, and often unexpected and stirring. The MAC presents temporary exhibitions devoted to outstanding and relevant current artists who provide their own particular insight into our society, as well as exhibitions of works drawn from the museum’s extensive Permanent Collection. These may feature any and every form of expression: digital and sound works, installations, paintings, sculptures, ephemeral pieces, and more. In addition to its wide range of educational activities familiarizing the general public with contemporary art, the MAC organizes unique artistic performances and festive events. It is a window onto a myriad of avant-garde expressions that extend the reach of art throughout the city and beyond.

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Post by danslenoir » Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:08 pm

The MAC website states that:

"Plans are underway to extend this first phase of the tour and add other destinations"

Fingers crossed it makes its way to London as would like another chance to see it.
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Post by jarkko » Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:11 pm

I have got some more info about the Copenhagen exhibition:
The exhibition is similar to the Jewish Museum [in New York] except that we will include one more installation of Zach Richter and there will also be two songs from Danish artist Steen Jørgensen and Katinka in ‘Listening to Leonard’.

The exhibition spaces are quite close to each other. 5 min walking 


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Post by oblivion » Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:15 pm

Thank you Jarkko, cannot wait to see the exhibition again,
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Post by Mabeanie1 » Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:46 pm

I’ve never been in GL STRAND but Nikolaj Kunsthal is a lovely space. It’s an old church close by with exhibits going all the way up the tower. Both venues are very central.

I am in Copenhagen most years late November or early December and I am looking forward to seeing the exhibition again later this year.

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Post by Heather1969 » Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:35 am

I have Google translated this from the latest newsletter from Kunstforeningen GL STRAND.

I have already booked my flights and will miss all of the talks but still look forward to revisiting this fantastic exhibition.

It is now under a month before the long-awaited exhibition Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything opens in Copenhagen. The exhibition is displayed both in the GL STRAND Art Association and in Nikolaj Kunsthal, and we are very much looking forward to inviting you inside for a large and ambitious exhibition dedicated to the Canadian world star.

Originally developed by the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal in Canada, the exhibition brings together new works by international contemporary artists, filmmakers and musicians who have all been inspired, influenced or otherwise moved by Leonard Cohen's life and works.

Look forward to experiencing Cohen in the interpretation of artists such as Candice Breitz, Taryn Simon, Ari Folman, George Fok and Jon Rafman and listen to reinterpretations of Cohen's songs in the installation Listening to Leonard - recorded by musicians such as The National with Surfjan Stevens, Feist, Moby as well as the two Danish musicians Katinka Bjerregaard and Steen Jørgensen.

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything opens on October 24th. Read more about the exhibition here.
The ticket gives access to both GL STRAND and Nikolaj Kunsthal.

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything is organized by the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal and curated by John Zeppetelli, director and chief curator at MAC, as well as guest curator Victor Shiffman. The exhibition is presented in Copenhagen by the art association GL STRAND in collaboration with Nikolaj Kunsthal.
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When the new metro line Cityringen opens on Sunday, Gammel Strand resurfaces as a promenade without car traffic along the Slotsholm canal. Although we are currently closed during the preparation of the next exhibition, we would like to celebrate the re-establishment of our neighborhood by inviting you to an open café and free concert with the Jazz collective.

On the occasion of GL STRAND's upcoming exhibition Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything, the Jazz collective gives a special musical tribute to Leonard Cohen's career. The setlist is a mix of Cohen's classical compositions and jazz standards, which vocalist Marie Mørck and guitarist Asger Søgaard Hajslund love very much. Experience a young jazz duo playing delicious vocal jazz and giving Leonard Cohen's classic hits a touch of jazz.

Our café and shop is open at. 2:00 p.m. to 17:00.
The Jazz Collective gives a concert at. From 15.00 to 16.30.

The event is free.

Friday, October 11 is the sign of Culture Night. We cross our fingers for mild autumn temperatures as we welcome in our beautiful patio from 6 p.m. 18.00 to 00.00.

Here you can try yoga for the whole family and come to a concert with Selma Judith, who with dreamy harp playing leads us into a world full of beauty and nostalgia. We end the evening with a live act with the musical ambience community, God Goes Deep, who takes us on a meditative journey to evocative soundscapes. The evening's program is inspired by our upcoming exhibition about and with Leonard Cohen.

You are free to access the Culture Night in GL STRAND with a Culture Pass. It costs DKK 95 and can be purchased in all 7-Eleven stores in the Greater Copenhagen area. Read more about ticket purchases here.
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In connection with the exhibition Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything, we launch a large event program, which offers, among other things, artist talks, lectures, concerts, yoga, community singing and a number of Cohen Sessions led by Klaus Lynggaard. Here you can read about some of them:

We start our Cohen program with two artist talks. On October 22, you can hear artist Candice Breitz talk about her work I'm Your Man in Nikolaj Kunsthal, and on October 24, artists Kara Blake and Ari Folman talk about their contribution to the Cohen exhibition in GL STRAND. Both talks will be attended by chief curator and director, John Zeppetelli of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal.

In six Cohen Sessions, music journalist and writer at Weekendavisen, Klaus Lynggaard, together with specially selected guests, examines the many different facets of Leonard Cohen. In the first session on November 13, Lynggaard, together with music journalist Henrik Queitsch Cohen, reviews seven first LPs - from the debut Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967) to Various Positions (1984). In the second session, which takes place on November 20, Lynggaard delves into the world's seven star releases with Cohen expert Lars Knudsen.

The event program is constantly updated.

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