Collection Loto-Québec presents
Oct 16 2013 to Sep 28 2014


Pierre Gauvreau. I Was Hoping to See You Here


Exhibition - Musée de la civilisation

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Quebec City (Québec) G1K 8R2
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Musée de la civilisation

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85, rue Dalhousie
Quebec City (Québec) G1K 8R2
T. 418 643-2158
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Oct 16 2013 to Sep 28 2014

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Admission Fees

Adults (31+)$17
18 to 30 $11
12 to 17$6
11 and under$0
Families$36

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Adults (31+)$17
18 to 30 $11
12 to 17$6
11 and under$0
Families$36

MembersFree

Pierre Gauvreau. I Was Hoping to See You Here

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Signatory to the Refus global, avant-garde painter, writer and director - Pierre Gauvreau marked the evolution of Québec culture with his ideas and his vision of the world. The exhibition presents some of his works created between 1941 and 2011, many of them previously unseen, along with photographs and films by Charles Binamé.

Pierre Gauvreau and His World

Modernity's Emissary, Pierre Gauvreau (August 23, 1922 – April 7, 2011) had a prolific career. He left us a heritage of landmark television productions, such as Temps d'une paix, Cormoran and Volcan tranquille, but also an abundant artistic corpus.  

Janine Carreau, the artist's wife and curator of the exhibition, donated a large part of her collection to Musées de la civilisation, making it possible for us to meet this unconventional character and discover his unique approach.

Works Full of Meaning

Through a rich selection of works created between 1941 and 2011, many of them never seen before, along with photographs and artifacts, discover an artist who was truly rebellious. Films by Charles Binamé, the eternal friend of the Gauvreau-Carreau family, are part of the exhibition. Testimonials from Françoise Sullivan and Pascale Montpetit, short excerpts from television productions and the words of Pierre Gauvreau himself communicate his vision and way of thinking. 

Throughout the exhibition, the visitor can admire the unique works from 1941 that charmed Borduas, pieces that were part of his stellar comeback in 1976, the works of Curriculum Vitæ: Director and Author, television series The Unconquered, and the works of marginal artists.

Pierre Gauvreau in Four Chapters

The exhibition is divided into four chapters and four thematic spaces.

Contemplating the Avant-Garde

This first section is a look at the early decades, a time of dawning awareness and exploration through major paintings on loan from leading collections. 

The Workshop of Possibility

A place created by Gauvreau to paint and write without inhibition, he lived there surrounded by his works, those of his wife, Janine Carreau, and those of his actor friends, artists for the time it took to create a few "exquisite corpses".

The Lyric Observatory

This asymmetrical rotunda is a gateway to a world of symbols, mysteries, questions and recognition. The premiere of Gauvreau's plastic and psychological testament, The Unconquered. The series is composed of 13 tributes to heroes often lost to history, including two signatories to the Refus global: Maurice Perron and Bruno Cormier. 

Infinite Gardens

Encountering a humanist through his unbreakable ties, this place of friendship, hospitality and generosity holds Pierre Gauvreau's ultimate work, painted one month before his death in a burst of creativity inspired by the prospect of this exhibition. The Journal of 384 Days is also found here. It celebrates his 32,358 days of life, a work written by Janine Carreau to fulfill a promise she made to him at Théâtre du Nouveau Monde on May 14, 2011.

A memorable encounter with an unforgettable man!

Collection Loto-Québec, Le Soleil and Fairmont le Château Frontenac

Alcoa is a partner in all Musée de la civilisation's exhibition programming.