L’érudit curieux. Réal Bergeron at MBAS
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.