ILLUSIONS – L’ART DE LA MAGIE
- Secteur galeries marchandes
The exhibition takes on the period of magic shows’ golden age and its advertising and promotional mechanisms that relied on phantasmagoric imagery. Discover a selection of breathtaking posters featured for the first time in Canada, mostly dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, that retraces the social history of this still active phenomenon.
These posters, halfway between art and advertisement, are magnificent, large format chromolithographs that immortalise the most popular magicians of the era –the Herrmanns, Kellar, Chung Ling Soo, Thurston and, of course, Houdini– as well as the acts that marked the world of modern magic.
Each section of the exhibition explores a specific type of illusion: appearance and disappearance, decapitation, levitation, escapes, and mental phenomena.