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  • April 4, 2023

As part of the Riopelle centenary celebrations

  • Biosphère
As part of the Riopelle centenary celebrations

12 young artists from the francophonie will be featured at an exhibition at the Biosphère this summer

Following last fall’s call for projects, the Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec and the Biosphère/Espace pour la vie, in collaboration with GSI Musique, the Jean Paul Riopelle Foundation and the Centre de la francophonie des Amériques, are delighted to announce the names of the winners and to support the participation of 12 young visual artists from the Francophonie in the exhibition MIGRATIONS, opening in early June at the Biosphère. The exhibition is being presented as part of the centenary celebrations to mark Jean Paul Riopelle’s birth.

Each of the 12 winning artists, aged between 18 and 35, will present two graphic works on the theme of the migratory movements of humans, animals or plants, their interdependence and fragile balance, and how they are being influenced by climate change.

To learn more about the 12 artists, visit Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec.

The migration theme

The theme of migratory movement echoes Riopelle’s well-known fascination with wild geese—a supreme migratory symbol. With its unique location on Île Sainte-Hélène, the Biosphère is positioned on the migration corridor of many bird species, including the Canada goose. Every spring and fall, the island and museum’s surrounding area come alive with the sounds of thousands of birds.

Thank you to the call for projects selection committee:

René St-Pierre, Ph.D
Coordinator, Commissariat des célébrations du centenaire, Fondation Riopelle

Manon Gauthier
Executive Director, General Commissioner of the Centenary Celebrations Jean Paul Riopelle Foundation

Huguette Vachon
Last partner of Jean Paul Riopelle

Nuria Carton de Grammont
Director and Curator, SBC, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Montréal

Yann Kwete
Founder and Director of KuB’Art Gallery, Montréal and Kinshasa

Sandra Gasana
Journalist, presenter and committed artist

Paul Tom
Filmmaker

Claire-Acelie Sénat
Division Manager, Public and Educational Programs, Espace pour la vie

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