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The Birth and Evolution of Expressionism

Date and Time:
Friday, November 14: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday, November 15: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Saturday, November 22: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
$345 (general public)
$295 (Museum VIPs)

Space is limited so register now.

The Birth and Evolution of Expressionism course is a collaboration between McGill University and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and is articulated around the exhibition From Van Gogh to Kandinsky: Expressionism in Germany and France, 1900-1914 (on view at MMFA from October 6, 2014 to January 25, 2015).

This course will focus on the birth and evolution of Expressionism; it will examine how this international movement saw artists in Germany and France alike responding with various aesthetic approaches to modern masters such as Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, and Paul Gauguin, among others. Throughout the different sections of the course, insight will be gained into the culturally rich cosmopolitan milieu from which Expressionism came. One focus of the course will be exhibitions, as well as private and public collections and galleries, both in France and Germany, which were instrumental in introducing modern art to a general public. Key figures of Post-Impressionism, Expressionism and Fauvism  - among whom Erich Heckel, Gabriele Münter, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Henri Matisse, Max Pechstein, Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc and Paul Signac - as well as art dealers, museum directors and collectors will be presented in focus. Artistic movements preceding – Neo-Impressionism and Art Nouveau - and emerging simultaneously to Expressionism – Fauvism, Orphism, Cubism – will also be presented, as well as the resonance of Expressionism in subsequent modern art movements.

The course will include – besides a general introduction, supported by visual material – visits to the exhibition, discussions with staff (curators, conservators and museum educators) at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. This course will also offer a behind-the-scene view of how such a major exhibition is conceived and organized. The course will make the link with the permanent collection of the MMFA and highlight some of the works in the galleries.


Anne Grace is Curator of Modern Art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. She has curated the exhibitions In Memorium: Antoni Tàpies, and Multiplicity: Post-War American Prints and Drawings from the Collection and was associate curator of the exhibition Van Dongen. She has also been the curator responsible for the presentations at the MMFA of  Lyonel Feininger: From Manhattan to the Bauhaus, as well as Otto Dix, and From Van Gogh to Kandinsky: Expressionism in Germany and France, 1900-1914.  She was formally at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, where she worked as an educator and was Curatorial Assistant for Modern Art. 

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing.

The following Cancellation Policy applies:
Up to 7 days prior to the start date: Full refund 
Within 7 days of the start date: No Refund, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted

If no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee. 

McGill SCS reserves the right to cancel an event up to 5 days prior to its start

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