The third seg­ment

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sher­brooke

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.

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