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A youthful air takes over the Galerie Lounge TD

Armand Vaillancourt

On n’a pas de printemps à perdre!

Montreal, Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the Galerie Lounge TD of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan are proud to present On n’a pas de printemps à perdre!, an exhibition of works on canvas, along with sculptures, by world-renowned Québécois artist Armand Vaillancourt, from August 4 to September 18, 2011. Visitors to the Galerie Lounge TD will discover some 15 silkscreens, two of which were created especially for the occasion from previously unseen works on paper.

Forty pieces on canvas and paper, six sculptures and fifteen silkscreens

On n’a pas de printemps à perdre ? Armand Vaillancourt is the spirit of the eternal springtime itself! This is a man who never tarries in the past, living passionately in the present, his head ever full of new projects. He drives ever forward, propelled by an immense creative drive and a social engagement imbued with a fiercely rebellious humanism.

This exhibition offers ample testament to the freshness and dynamism of the vivid youthfulness that enlivens Armand Vaillancourt. It assembles some forty works from the past two years-acrylic paintings on canvas and paper, but also inks and pastels on paper-as well as four sculptures in bronze, most of them just as recent. Furthermore, we’ll have the opportunity to discover two sculptures in steel and aluminum, models for futures monumental public sculptures.

In the Galerie, visitors will also discover some fifteen silkscreens, most of them created since the turn of the millennium, including two created especially for this exhibition from previously unseen works on paper. On August 31, the artist will move right next door into the Salle Stevie Wonder to present a lecture during which he will discuss his art, accompanied by a projection of photos. And with Armand Vaillancourt being who he is, who knows if the great man will have other surprises up his sleeve?

Armand Vaillancourt

This is not Armand Vaillancourt’s first collaboration with the Festival. He previously contributed La révolution du cœur, which he had painted for the Festival and which was produced as its 2008 official silkscreen, as well as the magnificent living mural, Grande murale de jazz, which he created with the public every evening during the 29th edition of the Festival!

Armand Vaillancourt is a leading figure in contemporary Quebec art. A colourful, and dramatic personality and living legend who, 50 years into his career, remains an innovator in both technique and aesthetic, Vaillancourt continues to give free rein to his profound energy and inexhaustible creativity. Now considered a pioneer in Quebec’s artistic affirmation, he has been shattering standards of conformity since the early ’50s. Exploring techniques and materials like no other artist, he has opened the way to modernity. Fiercely engaged in social, cultural and environmental issues, he uses his art as a weapon, a tool for protest and raising consciousness, as well as being a pioneer in taking art to the streets. He produces monumental sculptures and impressive pictorial works.

Armand Vaillancourt was born in Black Lake, Quebec, on September 3, 1929 and studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal (1951-1955). His works can be found throughout Canada and the U.S. and in the finest public, private and museum collections. He has received a number of distinctions, including the prestigious Prix Paul Émile Borduas in 1993. In 2004, he was given the title of Chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec.

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, Diane Dufresne and Yves Archambault, artist in residence and the Festival’s poster designer for nearly 25 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 moves right out into the heart of the festivities. Furthermore, it offers precious support to the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, a non-profit organism, since any potential surplus generated by the Galerie is devoted to financing the free outdoor concerts presented by the event.

From art to jazz

Fans visiting the exhibition can also avail themselves of the many resources at hand in the Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse, located just above the Galerie, on the 3rd floor. 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, 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 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.

Armand Vaillancourt

On n’a pas de printemps à perdre !

From August 4 to September 18, 2011

Galerie Lounge TD

Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan

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

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 8 pm on concert nights in L’Astral

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