Video: MAC and Jenny Holzer To Illuminate Montreal’s Silo No 5 With Leonard Cohen’s Words


The official press release from the MAC follows:

Montréal, January 18, 2017 – The MAC is pleased to announce the participation of world-renowned visual artist Jenny Holzer in the Leonard Cohen – Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything exhibition. The Musée also unveils a new partnership with CBC / Radio-Canada that will offer visitors a rich and innovative experience. By working together, the two organizations will celebrate Leonard Cohen’s body of work while extending and broadening the reach of the exhibition, which is presented as part of the official program of the festivities for Montréal’s 375th anniversary.

First visual artist announced

Jenny Holzer is the first visual artist to be announced by the MAC for the Leonard Cohen exhibition. She will join the ranks of the previously announced musicians, namely Lou Doillon, Jean Leloup and Ariane Moffatt. The eagerly awaited exhibition is co-curated by John Zeppetelli and Victor Shiffman as part of the official programming for Montréal’s 375th anniversary. Created exclusively for the MAC, the exhibit will offer the public a collection of brand-new works commissioned from and created by some 25 local and international artists from various disciplines such as the visual arts, performance art, music, the written word and film.

Silo No. 5 illuminated in Leonard Cohen’s honour

Video Of “The First Images Of The Projections”

In November 2017, Silo No. 5, one of Montreal’s most iconic architectural structures, will be lit up in Leonard Cohen’s honour. The MAC has commissioned neo-conceptual American artist Jenny Holzer to create a piece consisting of a giant projection of select phrases from Cohen’s poems, songs, and other writings—in both French and English. The projection, named For Leonard Cohen, will be visible as of November 7th, coinciding with the first anniversary of Cohen’s death. Taking inspiration from the urban projections realized on the Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome, on the pyramid of the Louvre in Paris and on London’s City Hall, Jenny Holzer revisits the fine line between the written word and the image, thus transforming the text into the object of observation. The integration of Cohen’s writing into such large-scale work will also offer an alternative perspective on the author’s original underlying meanings and messages. This creation will present a temporary tribute marked by a deep admiration for the Montreal poet on the occasion of the 1st anniversary of his death and the 375th anniversary of his hometown.

“Jenny Holzer is one of the most innovative, singular and renowned contemporary artists and I am extremely pleased that she will be taking part in our exhibition. Her extraordinary creations will contribute to give Leonard Cohen a creative and touching tribute, equal to the impact of his work, “says John Zeppetelli, Director and chief curator of the MAC.

The exhibition Leonard Cohen – Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything, will act as a springboard enabling the partners to join forces to co-create and co-present various levels of additional Cohen related programming and content. A series of specially produced live concerts and events, as part of the exhibition, will be captured and broadcasted across the broadcaster’s various platforms. Plus CBC / Radio-Canada will also open its Cohen archives and allow artists to use its material to create works to be presented at the MAC. This co-operative partnership will also enable both organizations the ability to crossover traditional lines, allowing the public greater access to the exhibition, the artistic works and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Cohen, his literary and musical works and his legacy.

Silo No 5

1200px-silo_no_5_b1_-_quai_de_la_pointe-du-moulinSilo No 5, aka Elevator #5, is a concrete grain elevator spanning 400 metres  on the Quai de Pointe du Moulin a Vent in the western part of the Old Port of Montreal. It handled grain from western Canada being shipped to Europe. Construction on Silo No. 5 was begun by the Grand Trunk Railway in 1903. Competition from U.S. ports was strong, so the decision was made to equip Montreal’s with grain elevators and make it the world’s leading grain port by 1928. It closed in 1994.



Credit Due Department: First photo of Silo No 5 by Mickael Pollard – Silo No 5: Quai de la Pointe-du-Moulin, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikipedia Commons. Second and third photos of Silo No 5 by Jeangagnon – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia Commons