Pierre Gauvreau and Janine Carreau
Montreal, Wednesday, February 18, 2015 — As part of the 16th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan proudly presents La vie est déjà ailleurs, an exhibition of works by Pierre Gauvreau and Janine Carreau in the Galerie from February 19 to May 24. Discover previously unseen works by the painter, author, director and co-signatory of the 1948 manifesto Refus global, who passed away in 2011, as well as the latest works by Janine Carreau, including Journal quotidien de 2014, her 11th visual life journal, which she promised to Pierre at the moment of his passing. A silkscreen of their “cadavre exquis”, Trente ans plus tard mon amour, will be unveiled for the occasion. The exhibition opens with a vernissage tonight at 5:30 p.m. for media, in the presence of artist and curator of the exhibition, Janine Carreau. Free admission.
Janine Carreau, curator of the exhibition:
Pierre Gauvreau One of the sixteen signatories of the 1948 manifesto Refus global, has conquered his first abstract painting in 1944. From the young pioneering film director to the mature author of the two decade TV drama trilogy : A Time of Peace, Cormoran, The quiet Volcano, Gauvreau strongly believed that we should, at whatever cost, occupy television waves with our very own creations. All the while, in the silence of his studio, he embodied Paul-Émile Borduas’s intuitive vision: Pierre is a born-painter and his paintings couldn’t be more revolutionnary and more serene. Some 200 exibitions in his lifetime, but the full discovery of his artistic legacy has yet to come. It was very clear at the Musée de la civilisation, in Québec city, (october 2013 to september 2014). His Life 1922-2011 / The Corpus 1941-2011
Janine Carreau explores painting, photography and collage. She also curates exhibitions, the latest for the Musée de la civilisation. Between 1980 and 2014, she has done eleven Annual Diaries. The most recent, as all other works on view, aims to hold her promise to Pierre upon his departure, to do …great paintings. Doing the Diaries on small boards brought her to a new concept of the Surrealist game: Exquisite corpses, where as a rule, each partner ignores the other participant(s) input until the end. York University historian Ray Ellenwood named it The Montréal School manner. At one point, Pierre stept in and kept on, which gave the game an impropable takeoff. Pierre said: I built my life with Janine, there is a kind of osmosis between us. Our lives are perfectly matched.
The Nuit blanche with Pierre Gauvreau
On Saturday, February 28, as part of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE Nuit blanche, fans can learn more about Pierre Gauvreau thanks to the documentary Gauvreau ou l’obligation de la liberté by Charles Binamé (Vivavision, 2001, 60 min), which will be screened continuously in the Salle Stevie-Wonder, which adjoins the Galerie. In the film, Gauvreau—director, author, painter, vital creative force—expresses his vibrant mind, in direct, intimate lineage with Borduas and the automatistes.
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.
Special schedule for MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE
Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Saturday, February 28, Nuit blanche, until 3 a.m.)
Sunday – 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed March 1)
Regular opening hours
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 a.m. to 5 p.m.
La vie est déjà ailleurs — Pierre Gauvreau et Janine Carreau
February 19 to May 24, 2015
Galerie de la Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan
305 Ste. Catherine Street West, 2nd Floor
514 288-8882 — galerieloungetd.montrealjazzfest.com
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