Symposium Acquisitions

The Collectors Symposium, presented by National Bank Private Banking 1859, was established to give participants an opportunity to share in the experience of sitting on an art acquisition committee. Much appreciated by art lovers and collectors, this unique evening also offers those less familiar with contemporary art a chance to discover contemporary works and the important role they play within a museum collection. In the last years, the Symposium, which is closely aligned with the mission of both the Foundation and the museum, has allowed major works to be added to the MAC’s collection.

2017

Skawennati, Onkweshòn:’a : Words Before All Else Part 1, 2017, 2017
Machinima, 1 min 14 s
Purchase, with the support of the National Bank Private Wealth 1859, Collectors Symposium 2017
Collection Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Skawennati was born in the Mohawk territory of Kahnawake in 1969. Concerned with the absence of indigenous people in the collective imaginary of the future, this Mohawk artist uses media arts to create an indigenous presence in cyberspace. Skawennati’s work is mostly known due to her “machinimas”, films set in virtual environments. In these, the artist choreographs the actions of avatars whose voices are supplied by members of her community. Her “futuristic” representations of indigenous people allow to undermine the stereotypes spread by the media and to assert the vibrancy of a current indigenous culture with a long future ahead of it.

Presented at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal for the Biennale de Montreal 2014, TimeTravellerTM, 2007-2014, is centered on a series of nine short machinimas. In them we follow the story of Hunter, a young Mohawk of the 22nd century, who, using the technology of TimeTravellerTM glasses, goes on a virtual quest on which he visits the milestones of indigenous history and meets Karahkwenhawi, a young Mohawk woman from the present. In another machinima artwork Onkweshòn:’a: Words Before All Else Part 1, 2017, an avatar recites in English, French and Kanien’kéha the first section of the Ohen:ton Karihwatehkwen, which means“Thanksgiving Address”,  words traditionally spoken at the beginning of all Haudenosaunee (“Iroquois”) gatherings.

2016

 

Sarah Anne Johnson, Highlight («Field Trip» series), 2015
70.6 x 106.2 cm
Purchase, with the support of the National Bank Private Wealth 1859, Collectors Symposium 2016
Collection Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Sarah Anne Johnson, Rainbow River («Field Trip» series), 2015
70.5 x 106.2 cm
Purchase, with the support of the National Bank Private Wealth 1859, Collectors Symposium 2016
Collection Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Sarah Anne Johnson, Neon Skull («Field Trip» series), 2015
25 x 26 cm
Purchase, with the support of the National Bank Private Wealth 1859, Collectors Symposium 2016
Collection Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Sarah Anne Johnson, Zombie Dance («Field Trip» series), 2015
70.5 x 106.5 cm
Purchase, with the support of the National Bank Private Wealth 1859, Collectors Symposium 2016
Collection Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Sarah Anne Johnson, Jungle Dreamer («Field Trip» series), 2015
35.8 x 32.7 cm
Purchase, with the support of the National Bank Private Wealth 1859, Collectors Symposium 2016
Collection Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

2014

 

Hito Steyerl, Liquidity Inc., 2014
HD video, colour, single-channel, sound, 30 min and architectural structure, 1/7
257 x 450 x 40 cm (architectural structure)
Purchase, with the support of the National Bank Private Wealth 1859, Collectors Symposium 2015
Collection Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Photo: Paul Litherland
© Hito Steyerl / SODRAC (2017)
Photo: Paul Litherland

2013

 

Nicolas Baier, Réminiscence, 2012
Inkjet print, A.P.
150.7 x 240.3 cm
Purchase, with the support of the National Bank Private Wealth 1859, Collectors Symposium 2013
Collection Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Photo: Courtesy of the artist

2012

 

Lynne Cohen, Untitled (Mauve Wall), 2010
Chromogenic print
101.7 x 127.4
Purchase, with the support of the National Bank Private Wealth 1859, Collectors Symposium 2012
Collection Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Michel de Broin, Drunken Brawl, 2011
Purchase, with the support of the National Bank Private Wealth 1859, Collectors Symposium 2012
Collection Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Michel de Broin, Cut Into the Dark, 2010
Purchase, with the support of the National Bank Private Wealth 1859, Collectors Symposium 2012
Collection Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Michel de Broin, Dead Star, 2010
34 x 52 x 27 cm
Purchase, with the support of the National Bank Private Wealth 1859, Collectors Symposium 2012
Collection Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Photo: courtesy the artist

2011

 

Adrian Paci, Last Gestures, 2009
Purchase, with the support of the National Bank Private Wealth 1859, Collectors Symposium 2011
Collection Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay

2010

 

Valérie Blass, Femme panier, 2010
Mannequin, basket, plaster, tool, tights and shirt
126 x 149 x 72 cm
Purchase, with the support of the National Bank Private Wealth 1859, Collectors Symposium 2010
Collection Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay

2009

 

Patrick Bernatchez, Sans titre, 2008
182 x 243 x 5 cm
Purchase, with the support of the National Bank Private Wealth 1859, Collectors Symposium 2009
Collection Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

2008

 

Pierre Dorion, Intérieur, 2008
Oil on canvas. 182.9 × 137.2 cm Purchased with the support of the 2008 National Bank Collectors Symposium Collection of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

2007

Dil Hildebrand, Possible Woods, 2007

Oil on canvas

183 x 213 cm

Purchase with funds from the Collectors Symposium April 12, 2007

Collection Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay

Etienne Zack, On Reflection, 2016

Acrylic and oil on canvas

228.5 x 198.4 cm

Purchase with funds from the Collectors Symposium April 12, 2007

Collection Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay