A well-known figure of contemporary art at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
 

A well-known figure of contemporary art at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

Featured Events October 1, 2018 Quebecgetaways
Marcel Barbeau, Kitchenombi, nº 4, 1972. Acrylic on canvas, 260.7 × 389.3 cm. Collection of the Musée national des beaux arts du Québec, Quebec. Purchase (1973.574) © Marcel Barbeau Estate. Photo : MNBAQ, Idra Labrie
Marcel Barbeau, Kitchenombi, nº 4, 1972. Acrylic on canvas, 260.7 × 389.3 cm. Collection of the Musée national des beaux arts du Québec, Quebec. Purchase (1973.574)© Marcel Barbeau Estate. Photo : MNBAQ, Idra Labrie
The Marcel Barbeau. In Movement exhibition is happening October 11, 2018 to January 6, 2019. This extraordinary exhibition at the MNBAQ in Québec City takes a deep look at the production of this daring artist by showcasing more than one hundred works of art created over a span of seven decades.

A brand new exhibition

Discover the biggest exhibition ever produced on the work of Marcel Barbeau. Tracing his art back from the late 1940s to his very last piece, this exhibition looks at his career as a whole, spotlighting his various phases and the periods of his life as an artist. It presents a retrospective and a new perspective on his avant-garde pieces arranged around five major themes. Some of the artist’s iconic works on display include Rosier-feuilles (1946), Natashkouan (1956), Tomac (1960), Rétine optimiste ou Salute (1964), Kitchenombi (1972), Fenêtre sur l’avenir (1991-1992), Graviers dressés sur l’algue (1999) and La Piémontaise (1988), a masterful sculpture that is well worth a detour.

An explorer at heart

Marcel Barbeau, Diamants, passerelles d’étoiles (Diamonds, Gateway to the Stars), 1997. Acrylic on canvas, 213 × 264.4 cm. Collection of the artist © Marcel Barbeau Estate. Photo : MNBAQ, Idra Labrie
Marcel Barbeau, Diamants, passerelles d’étoiles (Diamonds, Gateway to the Stars), 1997. Acrylic on canvas, 213 × 264.4 cm. Collection of the artist © Marcel Barbeau Estate. Photo : MNBAQ, Idra Labrie

A precursor and explorer whose influence goes beyond borders, Marcel Barbeau was at the forefront of numerous artistic currents and trends in Canada, including pictorial abstraction (in the 1940s and 1950s) optical art (1960s). Imbued with bold creativity and insatiable aesthetic curiosity, Barbeau never confined himself to a single orientation or form of expression. Over the years his multidisciplinary attraction expressed itself in such varied forms as drawing, painting, collage and sculpture, but also through pictorial performances produced with poets, dancers and musicians.

A must-see catalog

This colossal retrospective of the artist also includes a complementary 200-page portfolio of all the works on display, a testimony by the artist’s widow Ninon Gauthier, a selection of essays and an illustrated chronology.

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