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Pour amuser la Galerie

Pictorial works by Diane Dufresne

in the Galerie Lounge TD

Montréal, Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the Galerie Lounge TD of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan proudly present Pour amuser la Galerie, a monographic exhibition of previously unseen works by Diane Dufresne, from August 16 to October 7, 2012. Having already charmed Festival fans in 2011 with her magnificent piece Les triplettes de Montréal, the renowned artist returns to present her latest creations. In her recent works, Dufresne transports us between figuration and abstraction, with her famed feminine figures sharing space with timeless gestural works. In her canvases and drawings, Diane Dufresne throws open the doors to her imagination. Welcome to “Diane’s Place”!

Painter, singer and author, Diane Dufresne is consumed by a constant need to create. This accomplished multidisciplinary artist first became interested in design as applied to the conception of stage costumes and décor. It wasn’t until the 1980s, when she met Frère Jérôme, that Dufresne took a more serious approach to creation and the visual arts. Thanks to him, she learned how to follow her instincts as a painter and, above all, to trust in what she creates.

“The important thing is to do what you are,” he told her.

Bold strokes, dazzling colours: Diane Dufresne’s pictorial work is indeed lively and creative! Her works allow the artist to evolve and renew herself, delighting an audience that can’t get enough. And it is precisely to reach people that Dufresne pursues her art, propelled by a vital force that constantly leads her to surpass herself.

The Galerie Lounge TD

Permanently installed on the second floor of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, 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, Richard Séguin and Yves Archambault, the Festival’s poster designer for 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.

The Galerie Lounge TD also presents large-scale exhibitions featuring world-renowned artists. In summertime, the Galerie moves into the exhibition hall in Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des Arts. 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.

Your visit continues with the Bell Exhibition of the Legends of the Festival, the Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse and Wednesday film screenings in the Salle Stevie Wonder… and admission is always free!

Next to the Galerie, fans can discover the Bell Exhibition of the Legends of the Festival, a little museum featuring instruments, stage clothing, trophies and personal items belonging to the greatest names in jazz who have coloured over 30 years of Festival history and contributed to its international renown: stage costumes from Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald, guitars from Jeff Beck and Ben Harper, and the legendary hat worn by Leonard Cohen… Just above that, on the 3rd floor, you’ll find the Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse and its unique collection, the largest of its kind in this domain, bursting with jazz treasures, including the invaluable archives of late, lamented journalist Len Dobbin: thousands and thousands of jazz magazines, photos, and CDs, video recordings of Festival concerts, over a thousand hours of video archives… Finally, starting in mid-September, welcome back our Wednesday evening video screenings of concerts from previous editions of the Festival in the Salle Stevie Wonder, next to the Galerie. And it’s all accessible free of charge, all year long.

Opening hours:

Monday: closed

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

Wednesday to Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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

Hours extended until 9 p.m. during concert evenings in L’Astral

Diane Dufresne

Pour amuser la Galerie

From August 16 to October 7, 2012

Galerie Lounge TD

Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan

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

Free admission

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