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Zïlon’s Jazz noir in the Galerie Lounge TD

Montreal, Tuesday, August 4, 2010 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the Galerie Lounge TD in the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan are proud to present works on canvas and paper by painter and urban artist Zïlon, created especially to launch the autumn season in the Galerie. From August 5 to September 26, 2010, we invite one and all to join us for the Jazz noir exhibition, created by the man whom Canadian theatrical figure Wajdi Mouawad called “Van Gogh’s little brother.”


In the late ’70s, under cover of the night, Zïlon was one of the first artists to adorn the darkened and dilapidated walls of our city with immense temporary works coming straight out of underground culture-striking, electrifying and magnetic graffiti murals, faces with raw, lifelike expressions seeming to defy the unknown, linear and androgynous figures questioning fate itself.

Moving from concrete walls to canvas, from spray cans to brushes, Zïlon maintains his rage to paint, and now presents Jazz noir. Conceived as a mock-up of a temporary film noir, the exhibition presents portraits of imaginary figures inspired by jazz and blues, drawn and painted like the songs of fallen divas from a forgotten club, lost in the alleyways of a cold city, like nameless silhouettes in the shadows of a bar perfumed by cigarette smoke and whisky.

Zïlon is a complete artist, with a creative genius that is often sought out for set design, posters, performance en direct, videos, music… He works in such varied milieu as theatre, haute couture, comics/graphic novels and TV. Since 1983, he has mounted an increasing number of exhibitions of his works in Canada as well as abroad. His pieces are now included in some of the most prestigious public and private collections.

In July 2005, Zïlon took out his airbrush for the Grand Événement with Champion et ses G-Strings, and in two hours, created 24 gigantic backlit pieces - one for each window in the Blumenthal building. Amazingly, the artist had prefigured the eventual look of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan: at nightfall, its windows now showcase immense photos of 24 jazz legends. The same year, Zïlon created a piece especially for the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, which served as the inspiration for a limited-run collector’s-item silkscreen, with 150 copies made available in the Galerie.

After inviting Zïlon to redecorate our windows-live-on July 22, the Galerie takes another page from the artist, who always marches to the beat of a different drummer: visitors to the Galerie will be able to purchase a limited edition run of 200 numbered t-shirts, a silkscreen on cloth taken from a drawing by Zïlon and featuring a treatment of the image by Yves Archambault, Festival poster artist.

“Zïlon is a musical painter, just as there some painters are dancers. Music is a backdrop. We must hear it in order to enter into these paintings.”

- Wajdi Mouawad

The Galerie Lounge TD

Permanently installed on the second floor of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan in an airy, spacious location featuring a comfortable lounge perfect for contemplation or conversation, the Galerie Lounge TD - a non-profit organization - showcases the original works of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal collection, many of which the general public rarely has a chance to see. They include the creations of Jean-Paul Riopelle, Marcel Barbeau, Corno, Armand Vaillancourt, Francis X. Pavy, Zïlon, Lhasa De Sela, Miles Davis, Tony Bennett, Frédéric Back, Miyuki Tanobe and Yves Archambault, artist in residence and the Festival’s poster designer for over 20 years. Limited-edition signed and numbered silkscreens are also on display, including works by Robert Lapalme and Alfred Pellan, which can be bought exclusively at the Galerie Lounge TD.

In addition to its permanent collection, the Galerie Lounge TD presents large-scale exhibitions featuring world-renowned artists, painters and photographers. In summertime, the Galerie relocates to a tent erected outside on the Festival site, right in the heart of the action.

Revenues from sales at the Galerie Lounge TD provide crucial support for the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, a non-profit corporation, and serve to finance some of its free activities.

Next up…

We remind you that, this autumn, the Galerie will also present The Spirit of a Generation, an exhibition by famed American photographer Elliott Landy. The official photographer of the legendary Woodstock Music & Art Fair in 1969, Landy’s candid snapshots have been published all over the world, on the covers of innumerable albums and magazines. Join us from October 14 to December 24, 2010.

And why not add a jazzy note to the exhibition with a visit to the brand-new Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse, located just above the Galerie on the 3rd floor of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan? Thousands of visitors, journalists and musicians have already discovered this new jazz resource centre and cinémathèque, screening concerts and interviews or flipping through the library of jazz magazines and books. The unique collection in the Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse-along with the one in Montreux, the largest of its kind in the world-is a massive treasure trove of jazz memorabilia: visitors will discover the collected printed archives of the Festival, tens of thousands of photographs and articles, the programs from the last 30 editions of the event, an impressive collection of Festival audiovisual recordings, including hundreds of concerts (many of them uncut and never before seen), interviews and coverage, excerpts from press conferences, rehearsals, etc., as well as the immense and unique Festival CD collection (over 5000 albums!). This magnificent temple of jazz history, inaugurated this past June 22, is accessible to the public free of charge and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. Take the elevator in the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan.


Jazz noir

From August 5 to September 26, 2010

Galerie Lounge TD

305 Ste. Catherine Street West, 2nd Floor - 514 288-8882 - galerieloungetd.montrealjazzfest.com

Free admission

Opening hours:

Monday: closed

Tuesday - Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday - Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Open until 9 pm on concert nights in L’Astral

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