Les 7 doigts de la main presents

the Multimedia Exhibition

RIOPELLE Grandeur Nature

This exhibition is presented in parallel with the immersive show of the same name.

The show and the exhibition will crown the centennial celebrations of Jean Paul Riopelle in his hometown of Montreal. The artistic direction is led by Samuel Tétreault, co-founder and artistic director of Les 7 Doigts. Offering a privileged insight into the artist’s work, the exhibition is created in collaboration with Yseult Riopelle, daughter of Jean Paul Riopelle, acting as guest curator, as well as with Marion Mouturier, visual artist and art educator.

Through 360° video projections, the main studio of Les 7 Doigts will be transformed into an immersive image box, presenting archives depicting Riopelle’s life, images of the magnificent nature that inspired him, and larger-than-life monumental artworks.

Peripheral spaces of the main studio will showcase artistic installations, such as a scenographic evocation of Riopelle’s studio, a giant flying canoe, and an exhibition of original artworks allowing the public to directly appreciate over twenty art pieces by Riopelle, including sculptures, engravings, prints, and works in spray paint, stencils, or charcoal. The center piece will be a major and rarely exhibited 1959 oil painting titled “Dragon,” measuring 2.5 meters by 3 meters, loaned by the Guy Laliberté Foundation.

Cultural mediators will guide visitors through the different exhibition spaces. Among which, the Inuit Space, highlighting the culture and richness of Inuit art, a significant source of fascination and inspiration for Riopelle. Saali Kuata, a circus artist participating in the show and a sculptor from Nunavik, is the guest curator for this space, which will feature a dozen artworks (sculptures, engravings, photographs) by Inuit artists from the 1970s to the present.

Interactive installations will allow playful participation through game-like sculpture blocks to manipulate, clay modeling, or an infrared interactive system tracking the visitors’ movements to create digital artworks inspired by Riopelle’s great mosaics.

Multigenerational visual art workshops will be offered free of charge during the school break week in collaboration with Studio Riopelle. They will offer children and parents the opportunity to participate in the creation of a monumental collective artwork inspired by Riopelle’s techniques, which will be integrated into the exhibition.

RIOPELLE Grandeur Nature is a universal ode to creativity and the wild nature that will inspire both art newcomers and enthusiasts.

For more information and to purchase your tickets visit: www.tohu.ca

Les 7 doigts de la main’ Studios
2111 Saint-Laurent Boulevard

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