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La Scena Musicale - Vol. 20, No. 1

Visual Arts

by Lina Scarpellini / September 5, 2014

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Livre des Merveilles
An image of Kublai Khan from the Livre des Merveilles on display at Pointe-à-Callière until October 26. (c) le Livre des merveilles, folio 31v, Bibliothèque Nationale de France

History is the main event this fall. Between now and the September 14, The Montreal Science Centre invites the public to return to the origins of mankind and discover works created over 20,000 years ago in the Cave of Lascaux. Through unusual full-sized reproductions, visitors will discover the richest cave of prehistoric art. www.centredessciencesdemontreal.com

If mythology and ancient history fascinate you, the Museum of Civilization in Quebec City offers an exhibition dedicated to the masters of Olympus. See more than 160 masterpieces from the rich collection of the Museum of Greek and Roman Antiquities in Berlin, a first in North America. You will learn about Zeus, Aphrodite, Poseidon, Athena, Apollo, Hermes, etc., gods and goddesses that continue to inspire countless artists even today. You will discover, among other things, their powers and functions, the cult associated with Dionysus, as well as shrines, offerings, rituals and festivities. www.mcq.org

To further your understanding of the civilization that paved the way for knowledge and democracy today, on December 12, the Pointe-à-Callière Museum presents an exhibition tracing the history of the Greeks from Agamemnon to Alexander the Great. This will be the most comprehensive exhibition on ancient Greece to be presented in North America over the past twenty years. Visitors will travel through 5,000 years of Greek history and culture.

The Pointe-à-Callière Museum takes you on an exotic trip until October 26: Relive the amazing journey of Marco Polo, the Venetian who left his native port in 1271 at the age of 17 to return only at the age of 41 to bring news of Asia to the European world. Throughout the exhibition, visitors are encouraged to submerge themselves in the Venetian atmosphere of that time, and then to follow this intrepid merchant all the way to China and on to the court of the Great Khan, passing through the Persian world, Mongolian steppes and Indian banks. www.pacmusee.qc.ca

Until October 5 the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal presents jewelry masterpieces: the famous imperial Fabergé eggs, precious objects containing a surprise, created for czars who offered them as gifts to their loved ones for Easter. Discover the history of these sophisticated creations, witnesses of the time of the tsars and traditions of Orthodox Russia. www.mbam.qc.ca

Finally, why not learn about the history of Quebecois society through musical genres that have shaped its evolution? Go to the McCord Museum! Until October 13, with Québec from Charlebois to Arcade Fire, you will get an earful of the last decades of Quebecois culture: from Yé-Yé to disco, chansonniers to rappers, and rock to world music. www.mccord-museum.qc.ca

Translated by: Gillian Corbin

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