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The year 2014 at Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke

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--December 9, 2013.

Below are the highlights of our winter exhibition programme, as well as an early glimpse of the 2014 schedule which is of course subject to change at this point. We take advantage of this opportunity to thank you for your kind collaboration during 2013, and to wish all of our press and other colleagues a very happy New Year.

2014 Exhibition Schedule

• Until 19 January 2014: Peter Krausz, 2003-2013: un survol

In 1969, Peter Krausz, then in his early twenties, secretly left his native Rumania. For more than forty years, the flight towards the unknown has continued to nourish the reflections of the artist. The landscapes which inspire him are those marked by history, conflict, and war. He transforms and elevates them, turning them into spaces halfway between the real and the imaginary. His painting is colourful and luxuriant. The artist particularly enjoys the clear luminosity of dawn, the warm colours of the afternoon, and the violet tones of the sunset which he paints using the ancient al secco technique. The exhibition includes 15 large-format works produced over the past ten years.

• Until 23 February 2014 : Pierre-Léon Tétreault

Born in Granby in 1947, Pierre-Léon Tétreault has since 1969 mounted more than fifty solo exhibitions, and participated in many group shows as well. In 1994, his travelling exhibition intitled Parcours nomade/Recorrido Nomada was presented in Bogota Colombia, Caracas Venezuela, in Mexico, and subsequently at the Centre culturel of the Université de Sherbrooke, the Musée de la Ville de Lachine, and at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo.

• From 22 February to 18 May 2014 : Marc Lincourt. La Grande Vague ou la mémoire de l’eau salée

La Grande Vague ou la mémoire de l’eau salée is a monument to the memory of the early Québec pioneers. This is an installation of two meters by ten meters representing a wave which symbolizes the crossing of our ancestors from France to America. Constructed from 400 books arranged to show the names of 400 pioneer families sculpted in bas relief -- names still belonging to 3.4 million Québecers -- it is the illustration of a grand voyage integral to the history of Québec and its cultural heritage as well as to that of the individuals who were part of it.

• From 1 March to 19 October 2014: Toucher. L’art poétique de Jean McEwen

“There are two ways to judge a painting. One is based on the criteria and theories of art. The other rests on the sensations the work produces in us. I paint the second one.” Jean McEwen, 1956. Jean McEwen is considered to be one of the most influential abstract artists in Canada. His paintings have no relationship with nature; they are constructed by a stratification of opaque and translucent pigments. Several of his works in the museum’s collection show his research on the sensory effects of colour and the experience of pure sensation as well as on the capture of light. The layers of yellow, green and pink cover the canvas and give it an impression of depth and fluidity. Commemorating the 15th anniversary of McEwen’s death, the exhibition will show works drawn from the museum’s own collection as well as from others.

• From 31 May to 19 October 2014 : Sylvain Bouthillette

Sylvain Bouthillette’s multi-disciplinary work shifts between painting, engraving, photography, installation, music and dance. Whatever the medium, his works seek to demonstrate that ridicule, transience, confusion, instability, ambiguity, incertitude and embarrassment are all forms of freedom -- if we stop believing that life is a stable and definable thing. Bouthillette’s work is presented as an experience in itself, a call to reflection and introspection, from a point of view that is political, spiritual, and aesthetic as well as personal. It can also be seen as a mystical inquiry and an aesthetic pursuit, seeking to reconcile spiritual values with the intellectualism of critical discourse. (Galerie Trois Points)

• From 1 November 2014 to 25 January 2015 : Catherine Bolduc

“In my artistic practice (installation, sculpture, video and drawing), I am concerned with the manner in which the human psyche perceives and constructs reality by imposing its own desires, and by contravening reality by the fabrication of marvels and fiction. My work is nourished mainly by subjective experiences linked to personal memories in which fantasizing and idealisation produce a mental transfiguration of the real, or vice-versa: where desire is subject to the proof of reality, and illusion comes face to face with disillusion and disappointment. My works invite the viewer to experience phantasmagorical objects and spaces which refer, for example, to an ideal imagined life: the search for exoticism, utopian love, or dream-like wandering, but in which magic also shows its other side. My aesthetic intention is to evoke human vulnerability in confronting the disconnect between desires and reality.” (Galerie SAS)

Please note that this exhibition schedule is subject to change.

Le Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke, supported by le ministère de la Culture et des Communications and by Ville de Sherbrooke, is opened from Tuesday to Sunday, from noon until 5 p.m. It is situated downtown, at 241, Dufferin Street. Fees: $10, adult; $8, senior; $7, student.

Translation : Ann Montgomery
Sources : Lise Boyer, responsable des communications, web sites of galeries and artists.
Information and digital images :
819 821-2115 www.mbas.qc.ca mbas@mbas.qc.ca