The sun shone today and we decided to have a cultural day downtown and visit the Montreal Musée des Beaux Arts (https://www.mbam.qc.ca/en/)to see the wonderful exhibition currently showing there under the title of “Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism: From Spain to Morocco, Benjamin-Constant in His Time” … and well worth the effort it was too. Click here to read about in more detail than I am prepared to type just now.
Followed, of course, by a splendid luncheon in the museum restaurant.
Now – a small rant. Inside the exhibition I took a couple of surreptitious photographs – not of the artwork but to try to capture the atmosphere of the exhibition. One of them I thought had worked rather well and so I posted it on my “other” Facebook page (here) that I keep solely for showing favourite images. That worked so over to my general FB page I went and tried to share the image with my friends there … and blow me down, it was rejected for “Inappropriate content”. It’s the second picture below here and, as you can see, almost coincidentally includes a picture of a dead lady with her clothes off. Actually a pretty famous and valuable lady in déshabillé and nothing to scare the servants and horses with. Eventually I managed to circumvent the computer that was concerned and it is out there for all to see but I was royally ticked off by the FB presumption that my fiends would be corrupted or whatever by seeing this picture of a large room with paintings on the wall.
Whatever – if you live in Montreal go and see the exhibition, it is excellent. If you are just visiting some time we will take you along and buy you lunch. A jewel of the city and apparently the most visited art gallery in Canada bar none.
The Chihuly glass “sun” outside the museum
A bit of inter-gallery atmosphere
The main entrance to the museum