Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary at the Canadian Centre for Architecture

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal presents an exhibition exploring the fundamental role of drawing in the work of Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) in its Octagonal Gallery. This is the first North American museum exhibition devoted to Xenakis’s paper-based works. The exhibition, which opened on January 14, 2010 at The Drawing Center in New York, travels to Montreal, where it will be on display between June 17 and October 17, 2010, before being presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.


During its showing in Montreal, the exhibition serves as a touchstone for musical performances at the CCA by Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Sixtrum, and Ensemble Transmission, as well as the screening of films touching on Xenakis’s life and work in addition to public programming throughout the city.


Xenakis was one of the most influential avant-garde composers of the late 20th century. He earned international acclaim thanks to his interdisciplinary works and fascination personal and professional life, having also worked with Le Corbusier on architectural projects. Among his many creations, Montreal audiences are likely to be most familiar with the Polytope de Montréal, the spectacular sound and light show Xenakis designed for the central space of the French pavilion at Expo 67.


For more information, please visit www.cca.qc.ca