The MMFA presents the final series “Tornadoes” by French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel. Suspended in space, these monochrome spirals of painted steel and aluminum, massive and twisting, allude to the violence of climate change.
Since it was inaugurated in 2016, MMFA’s Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace has housed Jean-Michel Othoniel’s The Peony Knot (2015). This sculpture comprises 212 mirrored glass and stainless steel beads and is the only work by Othoniel housed in a Canadian museum. The exhibition includes seven ink stamps on white gold leaf mounted on canvas, which reflect the artist’s career from The Peony Knot to “Lotus” and “Tornades.”
Othoniel was born in 1964 and is best known for his sculptures of monumental glass. The artist’s primary focus is metamorphosis, sublimation and transmutation of materials with reversible properties, such as glass or metal. He is regularly invited to integrate his works in historical spaces or in contemporary architecture and is exhibited in major museums.
An exhibition organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with Jean-Michel Othoniel and Perrotin gallery.