NEWS FROM THE RIOPELLE FOUNDATION
LAUNCH OF A NEW PUBLICATION
Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures
Jean Paul Riopelle is considered one of Canada’s most important and prolific artists of the 20th century. Published in conjunction with the exhibition Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures, which will run at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) from November 21, 2020 to March 21, 2021, this catalogue takes a fresh look at the approach of this Québec painter and sculptor to reveal the prevalent influence of the North and Indigenous cultures on his body of work.
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A year in the making!
Born on October 7, 1923, Jean Paul Riopelle would have celebrated his 97th birthday today.
The Jean Paul Riopelle Foundation is celebrating its first year of existence on this day of October 7, also marking the birth of Riopelle, an iconic visionary, one of the most important cultural figures of the 20th century – a symbol of freedom and creativity.
From father to daughter: Meet our muse
Photograph: Yseult Riopelle by Steve Deschênes
Co-founder of the Jean Paul Riopelle Foundation, Yseult Riopelle plays an essential role in the fulfillment of his dream to see a foundation perpetuate his legacy. Inexhaustible source of knowledge, she contributes to the development of the foundation on a daily basis, adding anecdotes and fragments of history which inspire the actions of the Foundation and its dreams for the future.
Fall 2020: the colours of Riopelle
We are happy to announce an exciting program for the fall of 2020, a great cultural celebration of Riopelle with two exclusive publications and a superb exhibition at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts that will then tour across Canada as of spring 2021.
Translation by Donald Winkler
Jean Paul Riopelle and the automatiste mouvement
McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020.
Sans titre, 1946.
Watercolour and ink on paper, 28.6 x 43.8 cm
© Estate of Jean Paul Riopelle / SOCAN (2020)
“This fascinating, important and superbly structured book has the effect of asserting Riopelle’s originality not only with respect to the Montréal Automatistes, but also to American painting and to Pollock in particular… ”
– Lora Senechal Carney, author of Canadian Painters in a Modern World, 1925 – 1955: Writings and Reconsiderations.
The artist Jean Paul Riopelle is best known for his renowned mature abstract style. In this fascinating history, François-Marc Gagnon begins with the artist’s first paintings and his early commitment to objectivity to explore Riopelle’s involvement with the Automatiste movement and its lasting impact on his work.
The Jean Paul Riopelle Foundation is proud to support the upcoming publication of Volume 5 (1972 – 1979) of the Catalogue raisonné de Jean Paul Riopelle along with loyal partners such as Galerie Simon Blais, Heffel and Power Corporation. This much awaited publication by Hibou Éditeurs will be a perfect companion to the great touring exhibition Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures scheduled to open at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts on November 21.
The book will be available via the website of Catalogue raisonné de Jean Paul Riopelle and in museums and at select bookstores and partners. Stay in the know!
UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS IN 2020
The year 2020 will be marked by the presentation as of November 21, 2020 of an exceptional exhibition at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts entitled Riopelle: The call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures.
Based on original research, the exhibition will explore Riopelle’s interest in the North and Indigenous cultures, with nearly 175 works and more than 200 artefacts and archival documents. It will shed a new light on the artist’s work during the 1950s and 1970s by retracing the travels and influences that fed his fascination with northern regions and North American Indigenous communities.
The exhibition will also include historical works from the Yup’ik, Kwakwaka’wakw and Tlingit communities, among others, important sources of inspiration for Riopelle’s vision, as well as works by contemporary Inuit artists.
We salute the work of guest curators Yseult Riopelle and Andréanne Roy as well as Jacques Des Rochers, curator of Québec and Canadian art at the MMFA.
The Riopelle Foundation is also thankful to be among the prestigious partners of the exhibition, along with other leading members of our great cultural family, namely the Audain Art Museum in Whistler and, particularly, the Audain Foundation who is the major patron of this exciting endeavour.
The exhibition will tour across Canada in the spring 2021, making its first stop at the Audain Art Museum in Whistler for the entire summer, before continuing on to the Glenbow Museum in Calgary until winter 2022.
To learn more about the exhibition, program and partners:
Montréal Museum of Fine Arts