Beaverbrook Art Gallery Celebrates Five Decades of Work by Herménégilde Chiasson

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Beaverbrook Art Gallery Celebrates Five Decades of Work by Herménégilde Chiasson

Fredericton, New Brunswick, October 10, 2018 – This fall, celebrate one artist’s half-century exploring Acadie with a monumental retrospective. Herménégilde Chiasson: For 50 years marks a milestone of Herménégilde Chiasson’s artistic practice by bringing together fifty works of art created over fifty years. An exhibition opening will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 4:00 PM, and all are invited to attend.

“It is a privilege to celebrate Herménégilde Chiasson’s long and distinguished career,” says Director/CEO Thomas Smart.  “Chiasson’s art eschews singular categorization; he crosses between and combines multiple disciplines and media. This continuous experimentation and exploration of artistic expression and of philosophical inquiry result in an eclectic, spectacular, and thought-provoking survey of his work over time, and I invite everyone to join us in exploring the work of this influential Canadian artist.”

The works were selected by the artist, and together, the exhibition showcases the dynamism and diversity of his creative output, encouraging visitors to explore both persistent themes and changing perspectives. Organized chronologically, the exhibition shows one key work from each of the first 50 years of the artist’s continued career.

The exhibition starts in 1967, with the painting Je Brubeck, Chiasson’s first work featured in a professional exhibition. That exhibition, Sélection 67, was organized by Claude Roussel at the Galerie d’art de l’Université de Moncton, and would later be identified as a foundational moment of Acadian modernist art.

The exhibition then continues through 2016, culminating with a 4.75-metre long, soft blue pastel on paper work entitled Piedestals, which explores variations on a theme of portraits on different bases, some more fantastical and improbable than others.

Chiasson, a pioneer of Acadian modernism, was born in Saint-Simon, New Brunswick, in 1946. He graduated from Université de Moncton in 1967, where he was a student of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s first assistant curator, artist Claude Roussel, and went on to complete degrees from Mount Allison University, the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the State University of New York, and the Sorbonne. From 2003 to 2009, he served as the 29th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick. In his life and artistic work, he has been a strong advocate of, and active participant in, the cultural life and identity of Acadie, with a broad career in the arts in Atlantic Canada.

Chiasson’s art spans visual arts, poetry, theatre, and film. He has received national and international attention for his work, including the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation’s Strathbutler Prize in 2017; a Governor General’s Literary Award; membership in the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, the Royal Society of Canada, the Order of New Brunswick and the Order of Canada; and recognition as a Grand Officer of the Ordre national du mérite from the Government of France.

Herménégilde Chiasson: For 50 Years is supported by the Government of New Brunswick and sponsored by CI Institutional Asset Management, a division of CI Investments, Inc. The exhibition opens alongside two other exhibitions: Depository Park, a collaboratively-curated project exploring Odell Park as an archive; and 3D in 2D, a permanent collection exhibition with a focus on the art of architecture. Two special features in the Orientation Gallery will also open at the same time: A Century of Remembering: 1918 – 2018, and Theatre New Brunswick’s 50th Anniversary: Lea Learning’s Posters of the 1970s.

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Hours and Admission:
Gallery hours: From October 8, 2018 to May 26, 2019, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is open Tuesdays through Sundays, and closed on Mondays. Gallery hours are 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; 10 am to 9 pm on Thursday, and 12 pm to 5 pm on Sundays. Holiday hours and exceptions may apply.

Gallery admission: Admission is free for members, and for children 6 and under. General admission is $10 (adult); 8$ (senior); $5 (student with student ID); $20 (family: up to two adults and all children under 18) and gives access to all current exhibitions. Admission is by donation for all visitors on Thursdays from 5 pm to 9 pm.

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About the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery was founded by Lord Beaverbrook on September 16, 1959. The Gallery is internationally known for its collection of Atlantic Canadian, Canadian, British, and international works of art. As the official art gallery of New Brunswick, and one of Canada’s leading art galleries and most important cultural treasures, its mission is to “bring art and community together in a dynamic cultural environment dedicated to the highest standards in acquisitions, exhibitions, programming, education and stewardship.”

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Beaverbrook Art Gallery
703 Queen Street, P.O. Box 605
Fredericton, NB  E3B 5A6
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