Montreal museum slates Monet exhibit

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will present a major showing of the works of the Impressionist Claude Monet from Jan. 28 to May 9. The show will be the first North American exhibition devoted to the last 20 years of Monet's life.

The museum's "Monet at Giverny: Masterpieces From the Musee Marmottan" will show 22 paintings produced between 1903 and 1926 at the artist's estate at Giverny, outside Paris. Monet was inspired by the colors of his garden and water-lily pond and produced some of his best-known and innovative works during this period. The exhibit is on loan from the Marmottan Museum in Paris, which owns the world's largest collection of the artist's works.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts said it will augment the exhibit with cultural and promotional activities. The show will feature a selection of photographs from Montreal's Gabor Szilasi, who traveled to Giverny last February to document the change of seasons in the garden for the exhibit. Szilasi's photographs will be shown in a large-scale format to give visitors viewing his works the illusion that they are walking through Monet's garden.

The museum is open from 11 a.m. till 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; from 11 a.m. till 9 p.m. on Wednesdays; and from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults; $4 for students and seniors age 65 and older; $2 for children age 12 and younger; $16 for families (one adult and three children age 16 and younger or two adults and two children age 16 and younger), and $6.50 per person for groups of 20 or more. American Express cardholders are admitted to the museum free from Jan. 28 to Feb. 28.

The museum recommends that tickets be purchased in advance at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts ticket counter, starting Nov. 1, or from the admission network by calling (514) 790-1245 from Montreal; (800) 361-4595 throughout Canada, or (800) 678-5440 in the U.S. Group reservation inquiries should be made by calling (514) 285-2000.

Upcoming exhibits at the museum include retrospectives on Keith Haring, Duane Michals, Rene Derovin, David Blackwood and Goodridge Roberts.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Phone: (514) 285-1600, Web site: www.mmfa.qc.ca

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