Until March 12, 2017

This new exhibition, created in collaboration with Quebec contemporary artist Jérôme Fortin, who is known for his works inspired by 16th-century cabinets of curiosities, presents more than 370 eclectic and unusual objects from the Stewart Museum's collection in a mysterious and enchanting contemporary space.

Visitors are drawn in by the innovative and intriguing way pieces from the Stewart Museum collection are displayed. They have to open doors, look through windows or even peek through keyholes! Artist and Curator Jérôme Fortin not only designed the exhibition, he also selected the objects, which outside of their usual context have an evocative power over the imagination. Many of the objects are shown for the first time. 

Emerging during the Renaissance in Europe, cabinets of curiosities are the ancestors of museums. Both public and private, they played an important role in the development of science. They often contained antiquities, natural history objects such as stuffed animals, skeletons, herbaria, fossils and works of art. 

Four introductory capsules of 10 minutes, in french or English:
10: 00 am, 11: 00 am, 2: 00 pm, 3: 45 pm.
(weekend only)

Photo Credit: Bruno Guérin

The Stewart Museum is paying tribute to collectors on the occasion of its ‘’Curiosities ‘’exhibition! Starting February 1, we’ll feature a series of six portraits of passionate people who reveal the secrets of their collections. Follow each one as their stories unfold every Wednesday until March 8! 🚪 🔑

Share your discoveries by using the hashtag #CuriositiesStewart on Social Media!

Artist biography

Jérôme Fortin, born in Joliette in 1971, lives and works in Montreal. Since 1996, he has had more than a dozen solo exhibitions in Prague, Pretoria, Tokyo, Paris, Toronto and Montreal. His work has also been shown in many group exhibitions around the world, and he has participated in several artists’ residencies during his career

In 2007, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) presented an exhibition of Fortin’s art. He received the Prix Pierre-Ayot from the City of Montreal in 2004. Fortin’s works are in several collections, including the MAC, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Musée d’art de Joliette, the Pretoria Art Museum, the National Museum of China, the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts and the City of Montreal. In addition, his works are included in corporate and private collections. The artist has also taken part in several projects integrating art and architecture.

At the beginning of his career, Jérôme Fortin created sculpture installations which combine the tradition of cabinets of curiosities with the practice of mass consumption in the 20th and 21st centuries. Corks, plastic bottles, matches, nails and tin cans are all cleverly manipulated and assembled as visual and material curiosities. Their colors, forms and textures evoke the flowers, seashells, jewelry and amulets once collected for their exoticism. The poetic and enigmatic appearance of these sculptures deflects the ordinary aspect of everyday objects.