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Major Leonard Cohen Exhibition

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UPDATED: This was a superb exhibition, which captured me for most of a full day. See this CBC piece for more information.

A major Leonard Cohen exhibition that includes new, commissioned works by artists the poet and musician has inspired is planned for 2017 at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

“He has filled our collective imagination with thoughts and songs on a number of topics that touch us all as human beings,” Musée director John Zeppetelli said. The exhibition subtitle is “A Crack in Everything,” from Anthem, one of his most famous songs.

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The following post on Leonard Cohen: The Poet, The Painter Exhibit was originally published March 7, 2013

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The haunting music of  Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah is automatically associated with the revered Montreal poet, musician and artist.  His soul-shaking anthem has been covered by everyone from Jeff Beck to Sheryl Crow, more than 200 in all.  Cohen’s poetry is mesmerizing.   But his art is captivating, too.

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So in sync with the 78-year-old Cohen’s concert (2013) in Winnipeg,  Mayberry Fine Art has him on exhibit.  Cohen has created hundreds of works over 40 years, often in self-mocking style.  Here’s a cross-section of his work.

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For those more interested in his music, two versions of Hallelujah.  The first is an Australian broadcaster’s capture of the riveting KD Lang performance at the Vancouver winter Olympics, with still photos.  The next is Cohen’s own concert version, which I heard recently (in 2013)  – the first time I had seen him live. He remains phenomenal.

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  1. wow! so cool to learn that the songwriter is also an excellent painter… his images are so eye-catching and emphatic. and yet, they’re done with easy flourish, what an arist… thanks for sharing. 🙂

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