Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke, Summer 2010: One draws, the other paints

2010-04-20, from Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke

Sherbrooke, Tuesday 20 April 2010 - This summer, the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke presents two exhibitions of Montreal artists of international fame. One sings, the other does not, one draws, the other paints. The works of Leonard Cohen and Guido Molinari will grace the walls of the museum, starting in June. The vernissage of both exhibitions is Saturday 19 June at 5 p.m.

 

Please note that the Frederick Simpson Coburn exhibition will be on until 13 June and Marc Boisvert exhibition, until 6 June.

 

Guido Molinari. Chosen Pieces : 30 May to 27 September 2009


The exhibition: This exhibition of some 30 drawings and paintings, covers all aspects of Molinari’s prolific career. ‘It is nearly impossible to summarize the prolific and complex body of work of this major Canadian artist by highlighting only a few ‘chosen pieces’. However, we have modestly attempted to give interested viewers a desire to learn more about Molinari’s adventure with the Plasticiens and, as a result, enjoy a very personal experience with colour…At the beginning of his career, ‘Moli’ imposed very short deadlines on himself. It is during the time following the Refus global and the Automatist movement; the painter has just discovered the works of Mondrian and Jackson Pollock, two radical views that will encourage him to forge ahead in all directions. In the early fifties, notably, he will even go so far as to paint blindfolded, in the dark, in order to create true automatic paintings, before undertaking his famous Black and White paintings that caused such a stir in the arts milieu. Just like the works of Mondrian, Molinari’s pieces were seen as being ‘experimental and, therefore, not suitable to be exhibited alongside other artists.’ He will soon return to colour, which he will continue to make sing in dynamic and convivial structures, so that the viewer can take the time to read them and, especially, re-read them, since the works of Molinari never breath at the same rhythm.’ Gilles Daigneault. Director of the Guido Molinari Foundation.

 

Biography: Guido Molinari was born in Montreal in 1933, where he took a few courses at the city’s École des beaux-arts and Museum of Fine Arts’ School between 1948 and 1951. His first solo show was held at the l’Échourie Gallery in 1953 and, three years later, his work was exhibited in the United States for the first time. From very early on, this self-taught artist was considered a master of abstract painting in Canada. In 1965, he took part in a major exhibition, The Responsive Eye, at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, before representing Canada at the 34th Venice Biennale in 1968, where he was awarded the David E. Bright Foundation Prize. In 1976, the National Gallery of Canada organized an extensive Molinari retrospective, simultaneously publishing a collection of his writings, ‘Écrits sur l’art’. In 1980, he became the youngest-ever winner of the Paul-Émile-Borduas Prize. The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal organized a final major retrospective of his work in 1995. Guido Molinari died in Montreal, in February 2004.

 

Leonard Cohen Artworks : 19 June to 3 October 2010


The exhibition: Poet, novelist, and singer-songwriter, for four decades this Montreal prodigy has been captivating the world over with his powerful lyrics, timeless melodies and enveloping voice. Leonard Cohen, who in his own words says he "decorates his notebooks," has in fact been drawing relentlessly since the early days of his career. His drawings, which he never intended to exhibit, are composed and annotated spontaneously with no restraint and with a sense of humour. Recently, however, he agreed to show his artwork to the general public, who can now discover yet another facet of his boundless creativity. The exhibition Leonard Cohen Artworks shows some 50 drawings : pastels, charcoal, watercolour and even some computer generated images.

 

Biography: Born in Montreal (1934), Cohen published his first collection of poetry at age 17, but it was in 1961, with The Spice Box of Earth, that he commanded international recognition as a poet. He lived for several years in London and on the Greek island of Hydra, while continuing to publish poetry and novels, before finally settling in the United States in 1966. In 1967, he released his first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, which included his song classic Suzanne. And so began his extraordinary career as an author-singer-songwriter that would see him sell millions of albums. In 1994, Cohen retreated to a Buddhist monastery near Los Angeles, where he was ordained as a Zen monk and given the Dharma name of Jikan. He left the monastery in 1999 to take up residence in Los Angeles, where he still lives. In March 2008, Cohen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And at age 74, he returned to the live stage and began a worldwide concert tour. In 2010, Leonard Cohen, who already has a long list of awards and accolades to his name, will receive (at the same time as Michael Jackson) a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award featuring his whole career.

 

The Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke is situated downtown at 241 Dufferin Street. It is open Tuesday to Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. Entrance fees : $7,50, adult, $6, senior, $5, student. Guided tours in French every Tuesday at 2 p.m. English tours and group tours available anytime upon reservation. The Musée is supported by the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec and Ville de Sherbrooke. Summer schedule: from 24 June to 5 September, the museum will be open daily, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 


Source:

Lise Boyer
Communications
819 821-2115
lboyer@mbas.qc.ca
www.mbas.qc.ca


 
 

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