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The Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec has something that everyone should try to see sooner or later and fortunately you can take your time in going to see it because the piece in question is on long term loan. I am referring to the David Altmejd’s work The Flux and the Puddle, now on majestic display in the Gerard-Morisset Pavilion.

The museum describes this piece as being by, “The most internationally renowned and sought after Montreal sculptor of his generation,” and they make a very good point.

Altmejd, who creates large scale plexiglass installations that contain a plethora of characters seen from a post modern lens describes the piece by saying that it was the second time that he wanted to revisit everything he has ever made as a sculptor. “I wanted to combine my early werewolves, some birdmen and some recent bodybuilders, for example and build a sort of operatic drama… As I worked on the sculpture, everything in it became more and more fragmented and abstract. What interested me at this point was movement and flux, hence the title, The Flux and the Puddle.”


If you get to the MNBQ before May 13, 2018, you can also take in the Alberto Giacometti show, made up of 110 sculptures, 50 paintings and 70 drawings as well as archival documents and showcases work from his beginnings in the 1920s through to the 1960s. Giacometti is of course the artist who produced all those achingly evocative elongated sculptures. Giacometti, who lived from 1901-1966 is one of the most easily recognized and foremost 20th century artists. A Swiss painter and sculptor, the artist lived in Paris. In 1962 Giacometti won the grand prize for sculpture at the Venice Biennale.

 

Spring 2018

The Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec has something…

QUEBEC CITY

The Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec will be running Mitchell/Riopelle: Nothing In Moderation, from October 12th, 2017 to January 7th, 2018. Both  successful cutting edge artists, Quebecois Jean-Paul Riopelle and American Joan Mitchell met and  fell in love in 1955 and separated in 1979. Mitchell and Riopelle lived together in Paris and then in Vetheuil in the Seine Valley for almost 25 years. During that time they shared a workshop and developed a unique way of working.

Their romantic relationship shaped they way they painted and helped form a broad dialogue based on abstraction. The exhibition contains some 60, mostly  large scale works.

Fall 2017

The Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec will be running Mitchell/Riopelle…

Luc Archambault

The bearer

Great Encounter

“The role of the artist is essentially to channel humanity’s narrative!” Cocteau

It’s an extremely warm July Friday. The sun is at its zenith way across the field. Haystacks are gathered near the studio-home located a short distance from the village, away from the road and from time itself. Monet, the painter of light, would be delighted.

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Text by Michel Bois

 

It’s an extremely warm July Friday. The sun is at its zenith way across the field. Haystacks are gathered near the studio-home located a short…

Élène Gamache

A Consummate Artist

Art in a Feminine Perspective

“The scent of flowers like the fragrant notes of a work of art created in joy, are filled with stratagems. If you neglect your flowers or your artworks, know that they will still spill their secrets to the wind.”Louise de Vilmorin

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Élène Gamache is represented by: Galerie Jean-Pierre Valentin, Montréal, Québec; L’Harmatan, Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec; West-End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta; Roberts Gallery, Toronto, Ontario; Galerie Saint-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, Ontario

Élène Gamache est représentée par : Galerie Jean-Pierre Valentin, Montréal, Québec ; L’Harmatan, Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec ; West-End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta ; Roberts Gallery, Toronto, Ontario ; Galerie Saint-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, Ontario

 

Artist Élène Gamache is an example of sensitivity and perseverance. From the art of monumental tapestry to the art of painting, her creativity rests…

QUEBEC CITY

The Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec is promising those who devoted to Japanese art one heck of a time with Japan, The Great Seduction, running from June 11, 2015 – September 27, 2015. The exhibition draws on the famous collection of Japanese art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and consists of 130 works including pieces in lacquer and silver, paintings, photographs and prints. The Quebec City showing is the only stop in Canada. The exhibition promises to explore the Western world’s fascination with Japanese art and its powerful influence.

It seems, however, that Boston Museum of Fine Arts has kept some of its more famous works at home. From April 5, 2015 –August 9, 2015 the museum will be exhibiting Hokusai, whose images are perhaps the most widely recognized of any Japanese artist. Katsushika Hokusai, 1760-1849, was the first Japanese artist to be internationally recognized. Some of the masterworks on display will be Under the Wave Off Kanagawa from the legendary series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji and the brilliantly coloured multi-panel screen painting Phoenix.

Summer 2015

 

The Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec is promising those who devoted to Japanese art one heck of a time with Japan…

QUEBEC CITY

The Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec is promising those who devoted to Japanese art one heck of a time with Japan, The Great Seduction, running from June 11, 2015 – September 27, 2015. The exhibition draws on the famous collection of Japanese art at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and consists of 130 works including pieces in lacquer and silver, paintings, photographs and prints. The Quebec City showing is the only stop in Canada. The exhibition promises to explore the Western world’s fascination with Japanese art and its powerful influence.

It seems, however, that Boston Museum of Fine Arts has kept some of its more famous works at home. From April 5, 2015 – August 9, 2015 the museum will be exhibiting Hokusai, whose images are perhaps the most widely recognized of any Japanese artist. Katsushika Hokusai, 1760-1849, was the first Japanese artist to be internationally recognized. Some of the masterworks on display will be Under the Wave Off Kanagawa from the legendary series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji and the brilliantly coloured multi-panel screen painting Phoenix.

Spring 2015

The Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec is promising those who devoted to Japanese art one heck of a time with Japan…

QUEBEC CITY

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.

Autumn 2014

 

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…

QUEBEC CITY

I’ve often thought that the view from the roof of a building in Quebec City’s Old Town is pretty much the same view that most North Americans think of as being Parisian and that if you can’t get to Paris, Quebec City more than makes up for that.

The Musee National des beaux-arts du Quebec on the Plains of Abraham will be showing Morrice and Lyman in the Company of Matisse from May 8-September 7, 2014. James Wilson Morrice and John Lyman were two Canadian painters who were able to live abroad in exile as they developed their international reputations.

Lyman studied with Matisse at his Academy in 1910 and Morrice met and became friends with Matisse when both were living in Tangiers. The new exhibition is the first to feature both men in 25 years. The works on exhibition consists of 130 oils on wood, canvas and cardboard and come from museums across Canada and Europe as well as both domestic and international private collections. The exhibition will also mark the first time Matisse’s Palm Leaf, Tangier will be exhibited in Canada. It is there in order to show Matisse’s influence on Morrice’s West Indies paintings.

Summer 2014

I’ve often thought that the view from the roof of a building in Quebec City’s Old Town is pretty much the same view that most North Americans…

QUEBEC CITY

Quebec City is a beautiful place, especially during the autumn. I’ve often thought that parts of Old Quebec look exactly like what most people think Paris looks like. Now if that isn’t enough to persuade you to visit one of the oldest cities in North America then this should.

From October 10, 2013 until February 16, 2014 , the Musee National des Beaux Arts du Quebec will be presenting The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism.

The exhibition is made up of 62 French Impressionist and post-Impressionist, paintings sculptures and graphic works from the collection of Paley, who along with having a fine eye for art also founded the CBS television network.

Artists featured in the exhibition include Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre Bonnard, Georges Roualt and Andre Derain. Paley described the way he felt when looking at his collection as, “voluptuous aesthetic delight.”

Autumn 2013

Quebec City is a beautiful place, especially during the autumn. I’ve often thought that parts of Old Quebec…