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Published Monday October 7, 2013

Exhibition at the Grande Bibliothèque: Fleuve – René Derouin, 50 Years of Art and the Essence of the Americas

René Derouin in the exhibition at the Grande Bibliothèque.

Photo: Michel Legendre

René Derouin, multidisciplinary artist with a rebel streak, travelled the territories of the Americas from North to South in search of his roots. In an attempt to retrace the unusual journey that took him from Québec’s Great North to Mexico, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) presents the exhibition Fleuve – René Derouin in the main exhibition hall of the Grande Bibliothèque. The artist himself assumed the role of curator for this exhibition.

Distinguished artist and winner of the Paul-Émile-Borduas prize in 1999, recipient of the Mexican Order of the Aguila Azteca in 2006 and the Ordre national du Québec in 2008, Derouin's major works have earned him national and international recognition. Fleuve explores the main themes‗identity, memory and territory‗that have inspired and guided this "continentalist" for over 50 years. Drawn from BAnQ’s collections and from other great public and private collections, over 100 works are presented, including several of Derouin’s better-known creations, the Nordique, Between, Équinoxe, and Chapelle / Capilla suites, as well as 60 figurines from Migrations.

Motivated by his desire to bond with the public, René Derouin will bequeath his personal archives—drawings, sketches, letters, photos and audiovisual materials—to BAnQ when the exhibition concludes.

BAnQ holds close to 500 prints by René Derouin. They can be viewed without an appointment at the preservation centre (Centre de conservation) located on Holt street, in Montréal. Of this number, 70 titles have been digitized and can be viewed online. The institution’s collection of artists’ books and bibliophile books also includes 15 albums and artist's books by Derouin.

Main exhibition hall (level M), Grande Bibliothèque
From October 1, 2013 to March 23, 2014
Free admission, Tuesday to Thursday, from 12 noon to 9 pm
and Friday to Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm

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