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Announcement of Theme 17 – My Transhistoric Life


The exhibition Gazes in Dialogue offers a new, transhistorical, transcultural look at an extraordinary collection of historical bronzes donated to the Musée d’art de Joliette by Mr. Ash K. Prakash. In an astonishing exchange, works by Louis-Philippe Hébert, Alfred Laliberté, and Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté, three great artists of the early 20th century, meet those of Nicolas Fleming, a Canadian sculptor unreservedly committed to 21st-century modernity.

Magnificent bronzes, of noble and timeless material, rub shoulders with contemporary sculptures created from ordinary building materials of gypsum and wood. Visitors, surprised by such irreverence for elitist codes, can only ponder this relationship to materials.

- Émilie Grandmont Bérubé and Anne-Élisabeth Vallée, curators


The exhibition Gazes in Dialogue: Hébert, Laliberté, Suzor-Coté, and Fleming. The A.K. Prakash Collection of Historical Sculptures, A Gift to the Musée d’art de Joliette is presented at the MAJ from October 3, 2020 to January 10, 2021.

👉 For the month of October, we invite you to take a transhistorical look at your life or your artistic practice. With which period of history would you like to enter into dialogue and why? What is timeless for you, and what is resolutely contemporary? What historical artistic practice inspires you today and why? In 100 years from now, how will we describe the current period? What contemporary realities will survive the passage of time?

Exhibition view of Gazes in Dialogue: Hébert, Laliberté, Suzor-Coté, and Fleming. The A.K. Prakash Collection of Historical Sculptures, A Gift to the Musée d’art de Joliette, 2020.

At the forefront: Louise-Philippe Hébert, Sans Merci, 1893


A history of transhistoric art


"Noting that "a transhistorical consciousness emerged in the 1960s," [Robert Smithson] envisions an art history that is neither linear nor chronological and progressive, but transhistorical and intermittent. It is a question of establishing correspondences, of looking for analogies between very distant periods in time: history must proceed by anachronistic relationships, bringing to light forms and structures that are transmitted beyond historical sequences. »

- Laurence Corbel, "À rebrouse-poil : d'une histoire de l'art revue et relue par les artistes", in Nouvelle revue d'esthétique 2009/2 (n° 4), pages 125 to 130.


Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté, Le Faucheur, 1907.


Exhibition view of Gazes in Dialogue: Hébert, Laliberté, Suzor-Coté, and Fleming. The A.K. Prakash Collection of Historical Sculptures, A Gift to the Musée d’art de Joliette, 2020. Photo from the montage of the exhibition.


Follow the indications to participate and get your art on this platform. The next deadline is Saturday, October 31 at noon. The exhibition will be online on Thursday, November 5.


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