Sunday, December 6, 2020

Riopelle at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts: virtual show

Point de rencontre – Quintette, 1963,
the largest painting Jean-Paul Riopelle ever made,
displayed prominently at the entrance to the exhibition.
Commissioned for Toronto's Pearson airport, 
it was later gifted to France to mark the bicentennial 
of the French Revolution.

The MMFA offers us a virtual tour of its most recent exhibition, "Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures", available at no cost until January 11. During this period, while the galleries are closed, other shows can be viewed at the same link:

  • Paris in the Days of Post-Impressionism: Signac and the Indépendents,
  • Yehouda Chaki: Mi Makir – A Search for the Missing, and
  • Manuel Mathieu: Survivance (coming soon)

Riopelle is one of my favourite Canadian painters, and I only wish he were better known, especially outside Canada.

Later in his career, Riopelle drew inspiration from Canada's aboriginal cultures, and the show fully addresses the issue of cultural appropriation.

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