See the <em>LEMOYNE. Offside</em> exhibit featured at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

See the LEMOYNE. Offside exhibit featured at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

Featured Events, October 18, 2021 2021-10-18
Dryden, Serge Lemoyne
Dryden, 1975, acrylic on canvas, 224 x 346 x 5 cm. Purchase, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' Volunteer Association Fund, (2000.8.1-2) © Estate of Serge Lemoyne / SOCAN (2021).

Looking for a rich, impactful cultural experience this fall? The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in Québec City invites you to discover LEMOYNE. Offside, presented from October 28 to January 9, 2022.

Serge Lemoyne: an artist who combined provocation and thoughtfulness

With a hundred archives and nearly 200 works presented throughout an inspired themed display, LEMOYNE. Offside highlights the artist's thirst for total freedom expressed through all forms of creativity and a dissident attitude towards art and traditional venues, as evidenced by his many ephemeral, interactive and sometimes contentious interventions.

Serge Lemoyne shook up the Quebec art scene and contributed significantly to a decisive rethinking of the language of visual arts in Quebec in the 1960s, one of the most effervescent periods in the province’s art history. He was one of the first Quebec creators to adopt a practice that was more liberating than intellectual. Like the New York artists whose work he admired, he ventured into the world of pop art and was interested in participatory art and collective creation.

His artistic practice was geared toward a better integration of art into everyday life, in a spirit of opening culture up to the whole community. In this spirit of art for all, he concentrated on the theme of hockey for ten years, and as a true admirer of the Montreal Canadiens, using the team’s iconic blue, white and red colours. This part of the exhibition is sure to please Habs fans in particular and hockey fans in general!

Lemoyne. Offside
Marc-André Gagné, photograph. Slap Shot performance and exhibition, Véhicule Art, Montréal, November 8, 1972. Fonds d’archives et collections de Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec.

The striking work of Manasie Akpaliapik

Another exhibit featured at the museum is Manasie Akpaliapik. Inuit Universe. The Raymond Brousseau Collection with more than fifty remarkable sculptures. The story of this sculptor is as fascinating as his creations. Considered one of the most gifted artists of his generation, Manasie Akpaliapik, originally from Baffin Island, began carving as a child, learning from family members. Using whale bones and other animal remains recovered from his native village in Nunavut, the Inuit artist has created unique, astonishing and profound works that take us on a unique and exciting journey to the North.

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