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The exhibition 1950 – Le Québec de la photojournaliste américaine Lida Moser, now on at BAnQ Vieux-Montréal, takes visitors on an emotional journey through time

Montréal, January 25, 2016 – Designed and put together by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) with generous support from Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) and currently on display at BAnQ Vieux-Montréal, the new exhibition entitled 1950 – Le Québec de la photojournaliste américaine Lida Moser will take visitors on a gentle journey into the past.

It’s 1950, and the young New York photographer Lida Moser has just discovered Québec. She does two stories for the famous American magazines Vogue and Look. Alternating between urban and rural landscapes, she captures the province’s inhabitants—children, sculptors, storytellers, actors, lovers and more—with equal parts affection and fascination.

“For the past 20 years, BAnQ has been privileged to preserve the archival fonds of Lida Moser, an extraordinary artist,” said BAnQ Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Christiane Barbe. “The exhibition 1950 – Le Québec de la photojournaliste américaine Lida Moser is a wonderful opportunity to journey back to postwar Québec, from Montréal to Rimouski's Le Bic, from Québec City to Port-Daniel. Lida Moser’s revealing gaze has the magical ability to illuminate the present by reviving the past.”

MNBAQ Curator of Modern Art Anne-Marie Bouchard curated the exhibition, which showcases 129 works by Lida Moser. Of those, 50 prints—seen here for the first time—were made in autumn 2014 by Alain Lefort, a film processing specialist, in collaboration with the great photographer Gabor Szilasi. Twenty-one photographs come from private collections.

Other works come from Lida Moser’s archival fonds, acquired by BAnQ from the photojournalist in 1994. Comprising some 3,950 images, among them almost 500 prints, this collection can be viewed at BAnQ Québec, in Laval University’s Louis-Jacques-Casault pavilion, located at 1055, avenue du Séminaire, Québec City. Fans of Ms. Moser’s work will be thrilled to know that BAnQ's Images collection has more than 900 digitized copies of her photographs.

The exhibition also includes a number of items—sculptures, magazines, cameras—intended to enhance the visitor experience.


In brief

1950 – Le Québec de la photojournaliste américaine Lida Moser

Until April 3, 2016

BAnQ Vieux-Montréal

Gilles-Hocquart Hall

Designed and produced by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, with generous support from BAnQ.


About BAnQ

As the largest cultural institution in Québec in terms of its attendance and diversified missions and an essential pillar of the knowledge society, the mandate of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) is to offer democratic access to culture and knowledge. To this end, it brings together, preserves and promotes Québec's and Québec-related heritage materials, and also provides the services of a major public library. BAnQ carries out its mandate in 12 facilities which are open to the public: the Grande Bibliothèque, BAnQ Vieux-Montréal and BAnQ Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie in Montréal; BAnQ Gaspé, BAnQ Gatineau, BAnQ Québec, BAnQ Rimouski, BAnQ Rouyn-Noranda, BAnQ Saguenay, BAnQ Sept-Îles, BAnQ Sherbrooke and BAnQ Trois-Rivières.