This retrospective exhibition highlights the key role of artist Françoise Sullivan in the history of modern and contemporary art in Quebec. The exhibition, which includes more than 40 works of art, features a diverse mix of painting, sculpture, video, and archival materials. It offers a chance for visitors to discover or rediscover an artist whose major impact on Quebec and Canadian culture deserves to be more fully recognized.
A multidisciplinary artist, Sullivan is known as a painter, choreographer and sculptor, however, she is best-known for her creation of the 1948 performance piece Danse dans la neige which is considered a pivotal moment in the history of modern dance due to its use of improvisation. During the 1960s, Sullivan turned towards sculpture, working with both acrylic and steel to create large-scale sculptures of fluid, shifting shapes. Sullivan returned to painting in the 1980s, and she continues to work in that medium to this day.
The original presentation of the exhibition in Montreal coincided with the 70th anniversary of the publication of Refus Global, (1948) a manifesto that marked a turning point in the cultural history of Quebec and was co-signed by Françoise Sullivan.
Curated by Mark Lanctôt, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal