Alfred Pellan: In the StudioJune 13 - September 15, 2013
"Painting is an essentially unencumbered activity.
It is founded on emotions and revelation, making use
of unpredictable means of artistic and poetic
inventions to express itself."
– Alfred Pellan
This summer, enter into the private world of Alfred Pellan (1906-1988) through an astonishing and participative space inspired by the studio of this Québec master. This exhibition highlights Pellan’s creative process and sources of inspiration as well as the countless facets of his exceptional career spanning almost half a century. Paintings in a rich range of colours, a wide variety of pictorial experiments, transformed objects, an infinite variety of graphic compositions and personal documents – in many cases never before seen publicly, as they form part of the large bequest recently granted to the Musée – present a wealth of opportunities to be touched, fascinated and amused by the whimsical imagination and creativity of a remarkable artist.
Thanks to an exceptional bequest of more than 1,000 art objects by his wife, the late Madeleine Poliseno-Pelland, the MNBAQ is now the largest depositary of Pellan's work in Québec. This generous contribution has inspired this exhibition, the first on such a scale in 20 years. The exhibition will be accompanied by a profusely illustrated publication.
Throughout his prolific career, Alfred Pellan demonstrated an unusual degree of artistic curiosity, marked by the exploration of a great variety of forms and media. His impressive output of paintings, drawings and sculptures, in addition to his interventions on objects, furniture and even his own home, are signs of an almost vital need to create. This lively creative thirst behind his work is conveyed in the exhibition. Some forty paintings and more than 300 sketches, drawings and experimental works will transport viewers into a profoundly poetic visual world.
Alfred Pellan: In the Studio will immerse viewers in the teeming world of this emblematic figure of twentieth-century art. It is your invitation to discover Alfred Pellan the way you never have before.