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La Maison du Festival presents

Chant libre by Spazuk
as well as Shenzhen Design, in 24 posters

Montréal, Wednesday, February 17, 2016 — As part of the 17th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, the Maison du Festival is proud to present Chant libre, an exhibition by Spazuk in the Galerie, from February 18 to May 15. The exhibition showcases more than forty previously unreleased works, on canvas and pedestal. A vernissage for journalists will open the exhibition this evening at 5:30 p.m., with the artist present. Free admission.

Duetto, 2015 ©Spazuk

Since 2001, Steven Spazuk has expressed his artistic vision through the technique of “fire painting.” He uses the open flame of a candle on a blank canvas to create a sooty effect, which he then sculpts using feathers, stylus, brushes and scrapers. He immerses himself in the humanity of his subjects to create portraits of remarkable figures; he expresses the fragility of the species that share our living space.

Plunging into the heart of Montreal’s “Planet Jazz,” he passes the mic and the instrument(s) over to the birds, freeing them to sing loud and clear of how they want to keep living, whistling and chirping, whether in a Big Band or just solo. Our aural landscape would be a desert without their music. Give the birds free rein, let them sing out.

Steven Spazuk has participated in numerous exhibitions and performances in Montreal, New York, Milan, Toronto, Berlin, Florence and Stavanger, Norway.

The artist will present a performance with the musician Martin Bernard in the Galerie Lounge TD as part of the Nuit blanche on Saturday, February 27, from 9 p.m. to midnight: join us for this utterly unique experience!

        A nod to the grand Chinese featured city of this 17th edition of MEL
Shenzhen design, in 24 posters

Dedicated to the Shenzhen theme, this exhibition celebrates Chinese design with 24 selected art posters. A project made possible thanks to the collaboration of the Shenzhen Guan Shanyue Art Museum. Free admission. February 18 to March 5.

The Galerie of the Maison du Festival

Permanently installed on the second floor of the Maison du Festival, 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, Marcel Barbeau, Serge Lemoyne, Robert LaPalme, Alfred Pellan and Yves Archambault, the Festival’s poster designer for more than 25 years. Limited-edition signed and numbered silkscreens are also on display and can be bought exclusively at the Galerie all year long.

The Galerie of the Maison du Festival also presents large-scale exhibitions featuring world-renowned artists. In summertime, the Galerie moves into the exhibition hall at Place des Arts. Furthermore, it offers precious support to the Festival, 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 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 35 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.

Special schedule for MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

Monday: closed
Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Saturday, February 27, Nuit blanche, until 3 a.m.)
Sunday – 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed March 1)

Regular opening hours

Monday: closed
Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 Chant libre — Spazuk
February 18 to May 15, 2016
Galerie de la Maison du Festival
305 Ste. Catherine Street West, 2nd Floor
514 288-8882 —
Free admission

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