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The Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan presents

Éclipse by René Derouin
An all-new exhibition in the Galerie Lounge TD

Montreal, Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — As part of the 15th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan is proud to present Éclipse, a free original exhibition by René Derouin, at the Galerie Lounge TD from February 13 to May 11. In the interest of working in rhythm with the winter theme of the festival, the exhibition Éclipse presents a selection of recent works created specifically for the event, each playing with light and contrast in very surprising ways. In a Montreal premiere, it’s a unique opportunity to view the most recent works by this incomparable artist, winner of the prestigious Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas.

René Derouin roots his work in “Americanism”, thereby paying tribute to our identity and its regions for over 50 years. He is also the only Canadian to have been awarded the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest distinction the Mexican government bestows upon a foreign citizen.

Since the early days of his career, René Derouin has created a mixed oeuvre as a testament of Québécois society and identity. Following a resolutely “continentalist” approach, his artistic journey explores the terrain of our “Americanness” along the North-South axis. The exhibition Éclipse arises from his research on light. These pieces were created using various types of Japanese and French paper, which were cut out intending to allow light to show through.

According to Derouin, the word “eclipse” has an enigmatic and inspiring sense. In this way, a number of interpretive paths can be explored: light/dark, disappearance/ reappearance, leaving/returning from afar, the shadow of the lunar orbit… “An eclipse is born of constant movement, like the passage of life into death, says the artist. It represents the passing instant in the constantly renewed orbital cycle when the sun momentarily disappears behind the moon to become visible once again from Earth, our fixing point, our base.”

René Derouin showcased on the Place des Arts windowfront

René Derouin’s work will also be showcased in Éclipses, an animated short film directed by Michel Arsenault, which will be projected non-stop from 8:15 p.m. to midnight (and until 3 a.m. during Nuit blanche) on the screen of the Place des Arts windowfront from February 20 to March 15. The animated film traces the artist’s path since his very first journeys “south to find the north”, right up until the constellation of luminosity emanating from his most recent production. Éclipses engages spectators and artist in sharing a different perspective on these images of our “Americanness”; past, present and future.

The Galerie of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan

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, 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 Rio Tinto Alcan 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.

Opening hours:

Monday: closed

Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. to 6 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 to 5 p.m.

Éclipse, René Derouin

February 13 to May 11, 2014

Galerie de la Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan

305 Ste. Catherine Street West, 2nd Floor

514 288-8882 —

Free admission

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