Two giants of modern art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Attractions to discover, February 19, 2024 2024-02-19

This winter, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will showcase the work of Georgia O’Keeffe and Henry Moore, iconic 20th-century artists united by their shared love of nature.

Artwork by Georgia O'Keeffe
Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), The White Flower (White Trumpet Flower), 1932. The San Diego Museum of Art, gift of Mrs. Inez Grant Parker in memory of Earle W. Grant. © Georgia O'Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / CARCC Ottawa 2023

From the desert of New Mexico to rural England

Georgia O’Keeffe and Henry Moore: Giants of Modern Art draws an unprecedented parallel between the life and art of American painter Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) and English sculptor Henry Moore (1898-1986), two artists who have shaped the world of modern art. Although they lived on two separate continents, O’Keeffe and Moore shared a similar vision of modern art, one that was firmly rooted in the natural world.

Through more than 120 works representing flowers, landscapes, bones and shells, and replicas of their personal studios, you’ll learn how these two artists were inspired by nature after leaving New York and London to live in the countryside, immersing themselves completely in unique rural landscapes. During your visit, see how these environments influenced their work, and understand the fundamental importance of the relationship between humanity and nature.

Pop art is also on the menu

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts also features a vibrant exhibit celebrating a major artistic movement: pop art. Take advantage of your visit to admire a selection of emblematic pop artwork in The Pop of Life! Pop Art in the Collection of the MMFA.

This colourful exhibit brings together sculptures, paintings, textiles, drawings, prints and other installations by Canadian artists associated with the movement like Pierre Ayot, Edmund Alleyn and Joyce Wieland, alongside many works by legendary American and European pop artists, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann and Eduardo Paolozzi.

Discover a groundbreaking artistic phenomenon that left its mark on an entire era. You won’t want to miss it!

Picture of Mao by Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Mao, 1972. MMFA, purchase, William Gilman Cheney Bequest. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / ARS/ CARCC 2023. Photo MMFA, Christine Guest

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