Help The MAC Create The 2017 Montreal Leonard Cohen Exhibition: Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything


Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

The Exhibition

In fall 2017, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, more familiarly known as the MAC, will present Leonard Cohen: Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything, an exhibition of international scope that will also be part of the festivities for Montréal’s 375th anniversary.

Created exclusively for the MAC for the occasion, this multidisciplinary exhibition will allow the Musée to offer the public a collection of brand-new works commissioned from and created by local and international artists who were inspired by the great master’s style and recurring themes. These artists represent the visual arts, performance art, music, the written word and film, thus providing visitors with a dynamic, participative and immersive experience.  (Source: MAC website)

Victor Shiffman, Guest Curator at the Mac and Co-Curator, along with MAC Director John Zeppetelli, of the Cohen exhibition, writes

We have confirmed the participation of the CBC / Radio Canada who will be partnering with the MAC to create and produce multiple forms of content for their TV, Radio and online platforms. We are also partnering with the NFB/ONF to co-produce a specially designed interactive participatory experience. The CBC/SRC, the NFB/ONF and The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto (repository of Cohen’s personal archives) have agreed to provide unlimited archival access to the museum and participating artists. We are also honored to have received the direct support from Leonard Cohen and his team enabling access to his life’s work; his writings drawings and music recordings.

More information can be found at the MAC website.

Call For Information

Cohen fans can make a direct contribution to Leonard Cohen: Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything  in the form of information and media. Victor Shiffman has requested our assistance in collecting specific data in two areas.

  1. Leonard Cohen’s Early Musical Influences: Ari Benjamin Myers, one of the exhibition’s participating, artists is interested to learn more about the origins of Leonard’s musicality. He is specifically interested to learn more about the encounter(s) that took place between Maury Kaye and Leonard in the 50’s. We of course have listened to Leonard’s first performance at Dunn’s in 1958. [see Leonard Cohen & All That (Montreal) Jazz] Fascinating! Would you by chance have access to the entire recording? Do you know if there is any more recorded material from that period? Ari is also interested to learn about the sings that Masha would sing to Leonard as a child. We have read that she used to sign lullabies in Russian and Yiddish. Would you know anything more about this? As well we are interested to learn if there is any recording available of the Buckskins Boys?
  2. Recordings Of Leonard Cohen Speaking/Singing In French: In association with the same project, Gabrielle, a research assistant for the MAC, is researching Leonard conversing in French and building a database sourced from interviews, concerts, and poetry recitals. Please let us know if you have any  (or know of any) audio or video recordings where Leonard is speaking french.

How To Contribute Information

Please email answers to the questions raised above, data, and audio/video recordings or links to audio/video recordings to this address:

[email protected]

Questions about the project should also be sent to that address. My experience is that responses left in the comments, emailed to other addresses, or sent by messenger/text are all too easily lost.

I will organize the material, post a listing of the accumulated findings on this site, and forward the results to the MAC.

Note: Contributors may be identified by name in the exhibition’s literature; if you wish to contribute anonymously, please specify that in the email message.

Credit Due Department: By sprklgMusée d’art contemporain de Montréal, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikipedia