Images on stone is a Virtual exhibition on rock art in Canada created by the Musée de la civilisation in partnership with Virtual Museum of Canada. Astonishing, mysterious images drawn or painted on rock walls or carved in stone across the Canadian landscape: rock art reflects the cultures of Indigenous Peoples who have been living on the territory for thousands of years. To provide the public with an opportunity to discover the wealth of this Indigenous cultural heritage, the Musée de la civilisation presents the Images on Stone. Rock art in Canada online exhibition on the institution’s website. By exploring the Images on Stone. Rock Art in Canada exhibition on-line, the public will discover the mysteries surrounding the many rock drawings and carvings found throughout Canada. People will also learn about the various scientific and cultural aspects of this age-old phenomenon more widespread in North America than generally believed. Featuring encyclopaedic contents and a selection of five sites representative of the cultural and geographical diversity of rock art in Canada, the exhibition highlights the means used to produce rock art, the significance of graphic contents, the Indigenous cultural communities associated with each site, the connection that they maintain with these sites and the preventive or curative measures taken to ensure their preservation.
Musée de la civilisation: www.mcq.org/en/
Musée virtuel du Canada: www.virtualmuseum.ca
Images on stone is a Virtual exhibition on rock art in Canada…
“To exist a work of art needs neither beauty nor ugliness. It needs to be alive.” – Elmer Diktonius
Genuine for some, disconcerting for others, it is impossible to remain unmoved towards this raw form of art that is becoming increasingly present in public and private collections. True, there is still a long road ahead for these artworks to be considered mainstream but, if it was up to me, it goes without saying that this is a form of artistic expression that should be accessible to all sensitivities.
Popular art, also known as “whittlers’ art” or “tinkerers’ art”, appear to have originated in Québec among our farming ancestors who, during their free time in winter, sculpted and painted pieces of wood into toys for their offspring or for the simple pleasure of creating objects that would elicit fond memories or represent significant events of rural life.
Text by Michel Bois
Rendez-vous des sculpteurs en art populaire du Québec at the Musée de la civilisation in Québec City April 27 & 28, 2019.
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Private collection: Adrien Levasseur – © Photo: Philippe Le Scelleur
“To exist a work of art needs neither beauty…
“Art should be a part of life and life a part of art.”– Marie D’Agoult, 1849.
Much tenderness, plenty of love, a great deal of generosity and truthfulness! Through humour or song, when writing or drawing, Clémence DesRochers always remains true to herself. She never engages in self-censorship of her personality and talent.
As it happens, on April 23, 2015, Madame DesRochers’ drawings entered the Museum through the front door. The artist’s lesser known works are, in fact, part of a group of objects donated to the museum by collector René Jacob, a long time friend with whom she has collaborated for quite some time, creating images to the written words of the poet, author and editor, also pharmacist. They have been entertaining this prolific friendship, in all liberty, for the past 15 years. He wrote! She drew! Based on René Jacob’s own family pictures, the collection in a way paints a portrait of Québec society during an era that has become our heritage.
Text by Michel Bois
Much tenderness, plenty of love, a great deal of generosity and truthfulness! Through humour or song, when writing or drawing…
Into India, at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, is running from October 9, 2014 to January 18, 2015. It consists of more than a hundred miniatures created during the Mogul Empire which lasted in India from the beginning of the 1500’s until just after 1700. Unfamiliar with our concept of perspective these artists work on a flat plane and the results are magnificent. The chances of ever seeing an exhibit like this in Canada again are rare, so if the subject interests you, now is your chance.
Still in Quebec City but this time over at the Musée de la civilisation you can take in Masters of Olympus, Treasures from the Greco Roman Collections of Berlin, which runs through to March 15, 2015. Over 160 masterpieces ranging from statues to sculptures, ceramics and jewelry are on display for the first time in North America. The pieces come from the Berlin Antiquity Museum which has one of the most prestigious collections of Greco Roman art in the world. As an added plus Hesiod and Homer discuss the Gods on the audiotape guide describing the exhibition.
Into India, at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, is running from October 9, 2014 to January 18, 2015. It consists of more than a hundred miniatures…