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One of our greatest artists in the Galerie Lounge TD

Marcel Barbeau

Mouvements, rythmes et accords

Montréal, Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the Galerie Lounge TD of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan are proud to present Mouvements, rythmes et accords, an extraordinary exhibition of thirty works, most of them previously unseen, by internationally renowned Québécois multidisciplinary artist Marcel Barbeau, from October 25 to December 23, 2012.

An exceptional monographic exhibition on Marcel Barbeau, bringing together paintings, sculptures and works on paper

In Mouvements, rythmes et accords, Marcel Barbeau presents us with an exclusive collection of thirty of his most recent works, resulting in a vividly colourful portrait of the intimate relationship between the artist and the language of music and choreography.

Marcel Barbeau

Marcel Barbeau is one of the pillars of modern art in Canada, holding a special place among the pioneers of abstract expressionism. A founding member of the Groupe des Automatistes, he studied under Paul-Émile Borduas,, shared  a studio with Jean-Paul Riopelle, and signed the Refus global manifest in 1948.Painter and sculptor, he has also pursued interests in collage, prints, photography and performance. Ceaselessly seeking new approaches for his artistic expression, Marcel Barbeau eliminates disciplinary barriers and converges the different artistic practices, drawing inspiration from dance, music, poetry and architecture.

From his very first automatist paintings and abstract sculptures in 1946, movement, rhythm and chromatic harmony have been central to Marcel Barbeau’s approach. From the most dazzling contrasts of pure colour to the most subtly nuanced harmonies, he electrifies the pictorial and graphic surface with flamboyantly coloured movements and rhythms.

With Mouvements, rythmes et accords, Marcel Barbeau exclusively presents his most recent works to us, the highly colourful fruit of the intimate rapport this artist maintains with the language of music and choreography.

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 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.

The Galerie Lounge TD also presents large-scale exhibitions featuring world-renowned artists. 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 activities presented by the event.

Your visit continues with the Bell Exhibition of the Legends of the Festival and the Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse…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 archive. 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

Marcel Barbeau

Mouvements, rythmes et accords

From October 25 to December 23, 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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