L’éru­dit curieux. Réal Bergeron at MBAS

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sher­brooke

Whenwe men­tion the name of Réal Bergeron in the Sher­brooke art world, it is more than likely that we re­mem­ber the for­mi­da­ble schol­arly teacher that he was. He al­ways knew how to awake the cu­rios­ity of young peo­ple, some­times in an un­ortho­dox man­ner, and his tal­ent for mak­ing art ac­ces­si­ble was in­dis­putable. Even his col­leagues at work re­ferred to him reg­u­larly for in­forma- tion on any num­ber of sub­jects, and we of­ten heard the phrase “Ask Réal!” around the of­fices of the Musée.

But who knows the other side of this in­quir­ing and pas­sion­ate mind? Very few peo­ple en­coun­tered Réal Bergeron the artist, Réal Bergeron the sculp­tor, the draughts­man, the painter, the en­graver, the pho­tog­ra­pher. Pas­sion­ate about na­ture and mu­sic, and al­ways look­ing to ex­press him­self in any pos­si­ble medium, he has left us a body of work both im­pres­sive and di­ver­si­fied. The Musée is very pleased to be able to present the ex­hi­bi­tion L’éru­dit curieux. Réal Bergeron, from 20 Fe­bru­ary through 21 March 2016. This will be a unique op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover the fas­ci­nat­ing and cre­ative uni­verse of the en­gag­ing per­son­al­ity that was Réal Bergeron! Bi­o­graph­i­cal notes

Réal Bergeron was born in Sher­brooke in 1953 and ob­tained a Bach­e­lor’s de­gree in arts plas­tiques from the Univer­sité du Québec à Trois Rivières in 1976. He worked as an artist at the be­gin­ning of the 1980s, and then re­ori­ented his ca­reer so that his work is lit­tle known by the pub­lic.

Nev­er­the­less, he con­tin­ued to pro­duce art in a sus­tained and abun­dant man­ner, but with­out want­ing to pro­mote his work. Be­gin­ning work as an ed­u­ca­tor at the Musée in 1996, he be­came an in­valu­able source of in­for­ma­tion for groups of stu­dent and adult vis­i­tors un­til his tragic dis­ap­pear­ance in Fe­bru­ary of 2015.

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