Discover an artist whose body of works is at the heart of Québec's artistic heritage!
MONTREAL, Sept. 25, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Loto-Québec's Espace Création is pleased to present Serge Lemoyne, the first major exhibition in 25 years dedicated to this outstanding Québec artist, from September 26th to December 9th. Although Lemoyne is best known for his "Red, White and Blue" works, by the 70s, he had already become a beacon for contemporary art in Quebec, having produced an impressive and varied, yet accessible body of work.
The exhibition was mounted by Louis Pelletier, Curator for the Collection Loto-Québec, with the help of François Gauthier, a friend of Serge Lemoyne who is also a creator of exhibitions and an inexhaustible source of stories and anecdotes about the artist. This new Espace Création exhibition is not so much a retrospective of Lemoyne's art as an opportunity to revisit part of his impressive production and to shed light on the creator's personality. It is a presentation of some one hundred signed works, as well as photos, archival documents and artifacts organized in three parts under the themes Blue: the home, White: the museum and Red: the studio workshop.
"One cannot discuss Québec visual arts without mentioning the contribution of an artist whose work is so masterly," said André Robitaille, host, actor and exhibition spokesperson. "Lemoyne always sought to break down barriers between art and life. That is what drove his creative spirit and kept some of his works so close to the general public," he added.
Born in 1941 in Acton Vale and deceased in Saint-Hyacinthe in 1998, Serge Lemoyne was a prolific artist. "Art is a jealous master who allows no others in his midst," Lemoyne loved to say, quoting Van Gogh. And he made that quote his motto. Although he was a Montréal Canadiens fan, an avant-garde sound and electronic media artist, a happenings man, Lemoyne was above all a passionate painter. He left a rich heritage of over 20,000 works, including those, intense and inspired, featured in the exhibition. Visitors will be able to see Lafleur Stardust and Le Masque, from the "Red, White and Blue" period, and the "Pointe d'étoile" series.
This exhibition will be a major event on the fall cultural calendar. In fact, the artist's daughter, Marie-Eve Bolduc, as well as the Yves Laroche Galerie d'art and Lacerte art contemporain - the two main Montréal galleries representing Lemoyne - were so enthusiastic about the project that they agreed to lend most of the works featured in the exhibition. The Collection Loto-Québec itself owns 10 Serge Lemoyne works, of which one will be in the show.
About the Collection Loto-Québec
The Collection Loto-Québec boasts over 4,400 works produced by over 1,200 local artists. It is a major player in Quebec's artistic heritage. The Collection Loto-Québec pursues its mission by showcasing its works of art at Espace Création and on exhibition tours throughout the province.
|Serge Lemoyne Exhibition||Opening hours|
|From September 26 to December 9, 2012||Wednesday to Friday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.|
|Espace Création||Saturday and Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.|
|Ground floor of Loto-Québec's head office||Free admission|
|500 Sherbrooke Street West, Montréal||Tel: 514-499-5087|
|Montréal - McGill Metro|| lotoquebec.com/espacecreation
Image with caption: "Guy Lafleur and André Robitaille, actor and spokesperson for the Serge Lemoyne exhibition, at Espace Création Loto-Québec. (CNW Group/LOTO-QUEBEC)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120925_C9160_PHOTO_EN_18484.jpg
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