Press release for immediate distribution

Bleu Blanc Rouge by Serge Lemoyne and Crossroads by Yves Archambault

Opening of the Galerie Lounge TD at Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme

Montreal, Thursday, June 28, 2013 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is happy to celebrate today’s opening of the Galerie Lounge TD, situated for a third year in the exhibition hall of Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des Arts for the duration of the Festival. For its 34th edition, the Festival and its Galerie have the immense privilege of presenting a piece created by Serge Lemoyne. The piece, entitled Bleu Blanc Rouge, will be reproduced as a limited-run silkscreen signed and numbered by the artist, and available at the Galerie du Festival. The Galerie will also exhibit Crossroads, an original work created for this year’s edition by our artist in residence, Yves Archambault. In addition, Festival fans will find other original works by Archambault. Finally, the Festival is delighted to announce that it is renewing its collaboration with Diane Dufresne, whose silkscreen L’Effet papillon we can now enjoy in the wake of the runaway success of Les Triplettes de Montréal two years ago. The Galerie Lounge TD will be open from June 28 to July 7, 2013.

Serge Lemoyne

The artistic vision of legendary artist Serge Lemoyne (1941-1998) is distinguished by a remarkable perseverance and integrity, which no established movement or accepted format could shake. At once free-spirited and committed, Serge Lemoyne’s mission was to debunk the myths surrounding creativity and to knock down the walls between the close-knit or exclusive worlds of the arts and the greater public. More intuitive than rational, his work embraced painting and sculpture as well as public art and “happenings”.

His “Période bleu-blanc-rouge” (Blue-White-Red Period)—undoubtedly one of the artist’s best-known and the source of Bleu Blanc Rouge, the piece newly acquired by the Festival—offers a powerfully indicative example of Lemoyne’s drive to forge a relationship between art and the people. Serge Lemoyne was a major hockey fan, and in that era—the 1970s—committed himself to painting exclusively in the colours of the Montreal Canadiens. As the artist said: “I brought intellectuals to the Forum and brought hockey fans to art!”

Having recently been the subject of a major retrospective exhibition in the Espace Création Loto-Québec, Serge Lemoyne’s works are now held in the largest public and private collections in Canada.

Yves Archambault

Artist and illustrator Yves Archambault has been creating posters for the Festival for 26 years. In 1992, he created “Ste-Cat”, the Chat bleu that has become a mascot for the event over the years. Yves has also designed illustrations that have appeared throughout the outdoor site and on many souvenir products. Every year, his posters are interpreted and reproduced as signed and numbered silkscreens, to the delight of Festival collectors. This year, the artist presents Crossroads, an original work inspired by the official poster conceived specially for the silkscreen and added to the panoply of works that have already marked the history of the Festival such as Vingt-ans, Le griot, Le messager, Duo lunaire, Vénus and Chronos. Gifted with an immense creative talent that never ceases to amaze collectors, our artist in residence also creates original works that will be presented for the first time in the Galerie.

Exclusive works of singular value

Since its inception in 1996, the Galerie Lounge TD has continually enriched its collection with annual acquisitions of works by a variety of terrific painters (and even a few musicians, whose second passion is painting). Limited series of works by Marcel Barbeau (Django Blue), Alfred Pellan (Le Chat Roi), Miles Davis (Trumpet Player), Lhasa (Music Does This), Frédéric Back (Rhapsody in Blue), Tony Bennett (Louis Armstrong), Jean-Paul Riopelle (Jazz), Miyuki Tanobe (Le festival de jazz de Montréal 1996), and Zïlon (Spirit), have been created, including many by “resident artist” Yves Archambault.

The Galerie on the move

From June 28 to July 7, the Galerie Lounge TD, located on the 2nd floor of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, is moving to make way for the Festival press room. This year again, the Galerie will be situated in the exhibition hall of Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des Arts. Over time, works purchased at the Galerie may well represent a fine investment. But more than that, the acquisition of artwork from the Galerie is an expression of valuable support of the Festival, which relies on such revenues to supply so many free activities every year.

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