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Alfred Pellan – Peinture pure

A legend in the Galerie Lounge TD
THE autumn exhibition!

The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the Galerie Lounge TD of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, in collaboration with the Fondation du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, are proud to present Peinture pure — Alfred Pellan, from September 12 to December 1, a selection of 38 silkscreens signed by this exceptional artist, renowned for his extraordinary contribution to Québécois and Canadian art. For this special exhibition, profits generated by the sale of artworks—usually exclusively dedicated to financing free activities in the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan—will also contribute to the major fundraising campaign implemented by the Fondation du MNBAQ, financing the expansion of the Musée, which plans to open its new Pavillon Pierre Lassonde in 2015.

Alfred Pellan in front of his house, 1964.

Alfred Pellan in front of his house, 1964.
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) Collection

Alfred Pellan (1906-1988) is incontestably among those artists to have made the greatest contribution to the advancement of modern art in Canada. His singular œuvre testifies to his thirst for liberty in the face of restrictive doctrines and conventional movements. Working alongside and within the major artistic movements emerging during his time in Paris, Pellan found inspiration in the cubist structures of Picasso, the flamboyant colours of the wild, and the abounding imagination of the surrealists.

Among his many achievements, he co-signed the Prisme d’Yeux manifesto in 1948, alongside such artists as Jacques de Tonnancour, Léon Bellefleur and Albert Dumouchel. A call for the creation of an art freed of all constraints or interference, the manifesto advocated what the artists referred to as “pure painting.” Thus, Pellan and the adherents of the Prisme d’Yeux philosophy aimed to create art that was at once traditional and universal, motivated simply by the need for expression “of all vital experience, of which art shall be the projection.”

Alfred Pellan drew inspiration from everything around him, deepening the richness of his œuvre. From theatrical design to sculptures imagined from contemplating everyday objects, he possessed a peerlessly colourful imagination, often tinged with an exquisite touch of humour. His œuvre is unique and today is recognized and prized both by the world’s most important art collections and the public at large.

Since 1999, Alfred Pellan has been represented in the Permanent Collection of the Festival by his piece Le chat roi, also available as a limited-edition silkscreen from the Galerie Lounge TD.

As a proud supporter of this exceptional artist and his extraordinary contribution to the history of Québécois and Canadian art, the Galerie Lounge TD would like to thank the Fondation du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, principal partner in Peinture pure. We remind you that the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, recipient of a recent bequest of over 1000 objets d’art offered by the artist’s wife, the late Madeleine Poliseno-Pelland, is now the world’s largest holder of Pellan’s works. The MNBAQ also continues to present the exhibition Alfred Pellan. Le grand atelier, which opened June 13 and runs until September 15.

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, Serge Lemoyne, 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.

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.

Alfred Pellan - Sioux, 1975

Sioux, 1975 © Succession Alfred Pellan / SODRAC (2013)

Alfred Pellan
Peinture pure

From September 12 to December 1, 2013

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 and Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday 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