Looking for something to do or see this month? Here at The Main we’ve chosen our top picks of art exhibitions in Montreal and events going on this May. Don’t be afraid to get out there and explore a new gallery, artist, or unique art event in the city — our May art guide’s got you covered!

MUTEK Montreal

May 27 – 31 @ the Musée d’art contemporain and other venues

The 16th edition of MUTEK, Montreal’s annual festival of digital creativity and electronic music, will transform the MAC into an incredible multi-sensory experience for five days. World-renowned producers and digital artists will be displaying their talents at various events. Expect Boiler Room alumni and mesmerizing visuals. Find out more about passes and events on the MUTEK website and their Facebook event.


Yinka Shonibare MBE – Pièces de résistance

On until September 20 @ DHC/ART (451 & 465 St-Jean Street)

Acclaimed artist Yinka Shonibare MBE presents his first solo exhibition in Canada. He employs Dutch-wax fabric in his work as a conceptual and formal tool to explore the mixed provenances of the material. His award-winning pieces confront issues of cultural appropriation, hybridity, globalization and ethnicity. Both humourous and thought-provoking, this is an exhibition that you cannot miss. More information is available here.

Yinka Shonibare MBE. Courtesy DHC/ART.

Yinka Shonibare MBE. Courtesy DHC/ART.

Kim Dorland – I’ve seen the future, brother

On all month @ Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran (1892 rue Payette)

Inspired by Canadian landscapes, Kim Dorland’s unique works are both haunting and brilliant. Thick impasto and abstraction instill his images with emotion and magic and reveal the lens through which Dorland views the world. Don’t miss the chance to see his stunning paintings on display. Find out more here.

Kim Dorland, Go back, 2015, Oil and acrylic on linen over wood panel. Courtesy galerie antoine ertaskiran.

Kim Dorland, Go back, 2015, Oil and acrylic on linen over wood panel. Courtesy galerie antoine ertaskiran.

Marion Wagschal – Portraits, Memories, Fables

On until August 9 @ Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (1380 Sherbrooke Street West)

This survey exhibition reveals the artist’s monumental figurative paintings, done in a time when abstraction reigned. Wagschal’s bold works reference traditions of realism that draws strongly on nineteenth-century Romantic painters like Goya and Manet and confront issues of identity and personal experience. She is also a Concordia alumni, having taught there for 37 years after completing her undergraduate and graduate studies there. More info is available here.


Marion Wagschal, Tales from the Schwarzwald as told by my mother, 1980-2013, acrylic on canvas. Halifax, Collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

What art exhibitions in Montreal or events are you most excited for? Let us know by tweeting @TheMain.