The third segment
Theexhibition Three*times*ten is being shown in three separate segments until the end of March 2013. Conceived by the museum’s curator, Sarah Boucher, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Musée, the exhibition underlines the range of the collection, the place of certain works in the history of the Musée and of the visual arts in our region, the choices made over the three decades, and a glimpse of what the future holds for the collection. Its collection is the heart of the museum, a heart that beats with the rhythm of artistic trends, the passions of collectors, and the inspiration of the artists. The museum’s collection is comprised exclusively of generous donations from artists and collectors. The final exhibition covers the years 2003 to 2012.
Until 24 March, visitors will view works by painters Charles Gagnon, Michèle Drouin, Michel Goulet, René Derouin, Molinari, Riopelle, Sylvain Bouthillette, Melissa Doherty, Arthur Villeneuve, Lucio de Heusch, Pierre Gauvreau, Edmund Alleyn, Borduas, Trevor Kiernander, Barry Allikas and sculptors Charles Daudelin, Armand Vaillancourt, Yves Trudeau, Maurice Savoie and Louis-Philippe Hébert.
A short history of the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke
Thirty years ago, a group of indomitable Sherbrooke people, friends of the arts and lovers of the Eastern Townships decided to realise a dream which had long haunted them: organise art exhibitions for their fellow citizens. The beginnings are modest: a few paintings hung in the showcases of Wellington Street stores. Notwithstanding, devoted and stubborn, they find premises on this same street and move heaven and earth in order to reach their goal: provide the region with an art museum. In 1988, the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke has a small nucleus of per- sonnel and its first salaried director, Michel Forest. It is moved to a new building offered by l’Université de Sherbrooke, 174 Palais Street, where the faculty of law used to be. The Musée is officially recognised by the ministère des Affaires culturelles of Québec in the early 1990’s and in 1996, moves yet again to the magnificent historical building where it resides today: the former headquarters of the Eastern Townships Bank. The dream has become reality in the short time span of 30 years and thus are recognised the know-all and the passion of people of our community. Among the first-hour builders who devoted themselves in the structuring of the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke, the following are to be mentioned: Lise Beaulieu, Jeannine Blais and Jean-Réal Brunette, these pioneers being joined by many people who, with the passage of time, contributed in the development of the Musée as it is today. Tradition is maintained among members of the board of the Musée, the board of the Fondation, the personnel and members: reason prevails, but passion and devotion support the adventure. The Musée is now supported financially by the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, the City of Sherbrooke and many partners from the private sector. It is the major agent in the area for the conservation and exhibition of visual arts in the Eastern Townships. It preserves some 4 600 art works, acquired during this short period of time: 30 years.