An unpublished work by Riopelle at the MMFA

As part of the exhibition Riopelle: meeting northern territories and native cultures, which will take center stage as soon as the reopening of Quebec museums is possible, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) will present the work for the first time Fountain by Jean Paul Riopelle. It is a sculpture of painted plaster and rope, four meters high, produced by the artist between 1964 and 1977.

“It is a very unique work in Riopelle’s body of sculptures”, according to Andréanne Roy, art historian and guest curator of the exhibition. Transported to the artist’s studio in Estérel in 1997, the sculpture was stored there until very recently. This will therefore be the very first opportunity for the public to admire this monumental work. It has also been the subject of recent restoration work by the Restoration Department of the Sherbrooke Street West Museum in Montreal.

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