In terms of National patrimony it looks as if this spring will bring in a bumper crop. In beautiful Quebec City the Musee National des beaux arts has been in the process of reorganizing itself with a new pavilion being due in 2015.
In the meantime a certain reshuffling has already taken place and the MNBAQ is reopening the Charles Baillairge Pavillion af ter restoring it, with four exhibitions in gal- leries dedicated to the following Quebec modern masters: Jean-Paul Lemieux: Of Si- lence and Space; Alfred Pellan: The Wide Awake Dreamer; Fernand Leduc: Painter of Light; and Jean-Paul Riopelle: Metamorphoses. The museum is also creating a permanent exhibition for Leduc, the first time the artist has been so honoured.
The exhibition offers lovers of Quebec modern art the opportunity to see several masterpieces which are currently held by private hands but which have been leant to the museum for a limited time.
These include Jean-Paul Lemieux’s Julie et L’universe, 1965, and 1910 remembered, 1962 which will be on view until June 30, 2014. As well Alfred Pellan’s most impres- sive murals, Canada Est and Canada Ouest, 1943, will be shown in Quebec for the first time since they were commissioned by the federal government in 1943.
In terms of National patrimony it looks as if this spring will bring in a bumper crop. In beautiful Quebec City the Musee…
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.
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…