Marvels and mirages…

The Musée des Beaux-Arts Montreal, or Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, is highly regarded as it is frequently the only place in North America where rare and world-renowned collections are featured.  Once such exhibition is the ground-breaking “Merveilles at Mirages de L’Orientalisme,” or “Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism :  From Spain to Morocco, Benjamin-Constant in His Time.”

“A Spectacular Must-See” – The Globe and Mail

I had the fortunate privilege of viewing the exhibition and it is nothing short of dazzling.  If you’re a lover of art, make the time, toss caution to the wind, and travel to Montreal.  The exhibition closes 31 May and although it has been packed, especially by locals, you won’t regret it.

Evening on the Terrace
Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant, “Evening on the Terrace (Morocco.)” 1879
“Seated Arab,” oil on canvas. © David-Kevin Bryant

The daring works of artist Lalla Essaydi are featured, too.  Capturing women from the east, Essaydi turns conventions of beauty on its head by wrapping her subjects with henna script, blurring the lines between pre-conceived ideas of faith, feminine beauty and sensuality.

Les femmes du Maroc
“Les femmes du Maroc : La Sultane”

The Museum also ensured that the exhibition space was worthy of the art it was showcasing :

© David-Kevin Bryant
© David-Kevin Bryant
© David-Kevin Bryant
© David-Kevin Bryant

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