Explore the moving works of Evergon at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

Featured Events, October 17, 2022 2022-10-17
Evergon, The Clown, 1988. Instant dye print (Polaroid), 240 x 224 cm (ensemble). Purchased for the collection Prêt d'œuvres d'art en 1990, transferred to the MNBAQ Permanent Collection. (2005.2724) © evergon Photo: MNBAQ, Jean-Guy Kérouac

The only museum dedicated to Quebec art, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec welcomes you to the heart of the Plains of Abraham. It has a collection of more than 42,000 works spanning from the 17th century to today and offers international exhibitions as well as numerous cultural activities. From October 20, 2022 to April 23, 2023, the museum is proud to present a retrospective of Evergon, one of Canada's seminal photographers, who offers a playful, provocative and touching body of work of over 230 photographs!

Discover the daring artist behind Evergon. Theatres of the Intimate

This major exhibition covers Evergon's entire career from 1971 to the present and features over 230 works brought together for the first time to showcase the work of this true Canadian cultural icon. Born in Niagara Falls in 1946, Evergon is a pioneer in both artistic and social terms. For nearly 50 years, this fearless artist has pursued a career marked by bold photographic, technological and aesthetic research. He has produced strong imagery, always moving, sometimes irreverent, often an extension of classical painting.

Step into the burlesque, fleshy universe of Evergon

Identity, body diversity, love, desire and aging are at the root of Evergon's work, which celebrates all facets of life, often with humour. The political and sensualistic nature of his work stirs up questions about sexual identity, as he revisits genres such as portraits, landscapes and nudes with rare vitality. Through collage, the art of photocopy, and a range of exploratory photographic approaches, including the Polaroid, Evergon explores the terms of queer masculine and feminine identity, shaking up overly fixed perceptions.

A career shaped by bold works of art

Evergon is world-renowned for his huge colour Polaroids from the 1980s. His award-winning holographic work has also been praised by critics and art institutions around the world. His touching series on his mother Margaret renews the representation of the aging body as few artists have done and has received widespread recognition.

Don’t miss this daring, fascinating exhibit opening October 20.

Evergon, Evergon with Herons and Shells, 1979. Electrostatic print (Colour Xerox) 35.6 x 21.6 cm. Courtesy of the artist. © evergon

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