from Oct 16 2013 to Sep 15 2014


Free Spirits


Exhibition - Musée de la civilisation

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Musée de la civilisation

85, rue Dalhousie
Quebec City (Québec) G1K 8R2
T. 418 643-2158
Toll-free 1 866 710-8031

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Musée de la civilisation

Musée de la civilisation

85, rue Dalhousie
Quebec City (Québec) G1K 8R2
T. 418 643-2158
Toll-free 1 866 710-8031

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- Date -

from Oct 16 2013 to Sep 15 2014

- Fees -

Admission Fees

Adults (31+)$16
18 to 30 $10
12 to $5
11 and under$0
Families$36

MembersFree

view rates

Adults (31+)$16
18 to 30 $10
12 to $5
11 and under$0
Families$36

MembersFree

Free Spirits

Imagination and Indiscipline in Folk Art

In a world teeming with shapes, colours and unfettered creations, this exhibition explores the shifting boundaries of art, the beautiful and the ugly, and the creative contexts of folk art through portraits of artists too often called marginal. This exhibition echoes the exhibition Pierre Gauvreau. I Was Hoping to See You Here

Unfiltered Beauty, Utopia and Freedom! 

" I reject all of those labels which, deep down, when you really look at them and consider them more closely, are extremely disparaging. In the end they make art critics and art historians into a type of Culture Clergy who decide whether to light the altar candles or not."
— Pierre Gauvreau

These are the words that Pierre Gauvreau – the man so fascinated with freedom of expression – used to explain his love of folk art and its creators. He wanted them to be recognized as artists in their own right.  With the Free Spirits exhibition, the museum takes this humanistic approach to examining folk art. 

Four Thematic Sections to Discover

Beauty

Discover Marie-Anna Voisine from Saint-Pascal de Kamouraska, who "didn't want to imagine others, but to imagine herself"! She explored this self-affirmation through vibrant windows made of diverse materials, colours and shapes. In the background, a painting by Janine Carreau reflects this exotic hodgepodge and pays tribute to this exceptionally creative woman.

Freedom

Free Spirits is an opportunity to admire the painting Cyclops Vacation by Pierre Gauvreau, which calls on the light colours prized by Edmond Châtigny. This farmer took inspiration from daily life to sculpt the masterpieces shown in the exhibition. You can also admire the work of Alphonse Grenier, an artist with a rich but darker imagination. His "Bonhomme Box" is inspired by scenes of violent death and massacre.

Untamed and Undisciplined

The exhibition is a chance to experience the work of Bruno Champagne, a contemporary artist, who, like Gauvreau, paints a critical portrait of society. Each of his works is an editorial in and of itself. Visitors can see The Condemned (Devil), The Fir Tree of War, the huge chess game entitled D Generation X and 100 Homeless.

Tradition Revisited

Folk art has not entirely abandoned tradition. On the contrary! Folklore (flying canoe), events (Carnival), historical figures, celebrities (Jacques Cartier, Mad Dog Vachon) and religion all inspire these artists who revisit them through their own highly personal visions.

The exhibition is presented in parallel with the exhibition Pierre Gauvreau. I Was Hoping to See You Here.

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