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Montreal October 2012 Events: Arts, Museums, Science

By October 1, 2012

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Montreal October 2012 events in the realm of arts, science and museums include a new Montreal Museum of Fine Arts exhibit on impressionism, the Botanical Garden's Magic of Lanterns, the premiere of IMAX film 'Rocky Mountain Express' and more.Above: Tohotaua, one of post-impressionist Paul Gauguin's better known muses and inspiration for Woman With a Fan, a young woman living on Hiva' Oa, the second largest of the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. Not one to settle for day-to-day reality, the French painter appeared to live a checkered life highlighted by paedophilia a polyamorous predilection for prepubescent female children. Not surprisingly, his end days featured syphilis and a morphine overdose. Getty Images

Montreal October 2012 art and museum exhibits as well as science presentations to look out for include the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' wrap-up of the pop artist/naked lady enthusiast Tom Wesselmann presentation, making way for the debut of Once Upon a Time ... Impressionism, a four-month long exhibit featuring the 19th century art movement's best-known representatives, rounded out with some pre- and post-impressionists as well as, ironically, one of the movement's stark opponents, Jean-Léon Gérôme, whose infamous The Snake Charmer painting is featured in the mix.

Meanwhile, the Musée d'art contemporain proposes video work by performance artist Janet Biggs, a Brooklynite fixated, in more recent times, by workaday hardship, following a woman coal miner who spends her days drilling in darkness in the Arctic as well as shooting an Indonesian sulfur miner whose day-to-day consists of breathing in toxic sulfur dioxide gases while hauling the chemical element to and fro the edges of a volcano in East Java. One of the more interesting days to catch Biggs' videos on display is during Friday Nocturnes, a music-meets-museum-exhibit event held the first Friday of every month. In October, the featured performance stars TANUKI project (see video below), a French-born Montreal-based electronic duo slated to launch their new album the same eve, this October 5, 2012.

And in IMAX news, October 5 also marks the premiere of Rocky Mountain Express (see video below), a 45-minute journey along the Canadian Pacific Railway complete with historical accounts of its perilous construction, one rife with landslides and lethal dynamite mishaps. Whether Montreal director Stephen Low gets into the nitty gritty of the revolting treatment of Chinese workers, whose participation reflected a remarkably significant yet unsung cornerstone in building the nation, remains to be seen come premiere time. It amazes me how few citizens are aware this dark part of Canadian history even occurred.

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