Hatch collaborates with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to support the exhibition Riopelle: The call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures

November 26, 2020
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Claude Duthuit photograph of Riopelle in the Arctic, July 1977, black and white photograph. Archives Yseult Riopelle. © Estate of Jean Paul Riopelle / SOCAN (2020). Photo Archives Yseult Riopelle

Montreal, Canada—Today, Hatch was announced by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) as a partner for the Riopelle: The call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Culture exhibition, which launches this fall. The exhibition will explore the works of Jean-Paul Riopelle, a prominent figure in Canadian and international modern art, and highlights the artist’s interest in Canada’s North and Indigenous culture.

“As Canadians, we all have a critical role to play when it comes to recognizing and understanding the rich history, values, culture, and contributions of Indigenous Peoples. The Riopelle exhibition presents a unique opportunity to visualize, reflect, and learn about Indigenous communities,” shared Stéphane Raymond, Regional Managing Director, Eastern Canada, Hatch.

Through this collaboration, Hatch has reaffirmed its commitment to Indigenous culture and communities and its understanding of the important role art plays in the preservation of the culture of Canada’s First Peoples.

Raymond added, “It is by increasing our awareness of Indigenous Peoples and by working together collaboratively and respectfully with our host communities that we will build a brighter future for all.”

In this new exhibit, the vision of the North that permeates Riopelle’s output in the 1970s will be highlighted for the first time by a vast selection of top tier works and archives. By retracing the travels that nurtured Riopelle’s imagination and analyzing the various artistic and intellectual influences that sparked his interest in Indigenous communities of Canada from the 1950s onward, this exhibition will be a matchless opportunity to follow the artist’s pictorial and sculptural evolution through the recurrence of his references to the northern territories and the Indigenous cultures of Canada.

About the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

With more than a million visitors every year, the MMFA is one of the most popular museums in Canada and North America. The Museum’s temporary exhibitions and original set designs interweave different artistic disciplines (fine arts, music, cinema, fashion and design) and are exported around the world, while its rich encyclopedic collection, showcased in the Museum’s five pavilions, includes international art, the Arts of One World, contemporary art, decorative arts and design, as well as Quebec and Canadian art. The Museum has grown exceptionally over the past few years with the inauguration of two new pavilions (the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion in 2011 and the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace in 2016) and a new wing (the Stephan Crétier and Stéphany Maillery Wing for the Arts of One World in 2019). The MBAM complex features a 462-seat concert hall, Bourgie Hall, as well as an auditorium and cinema. The MMFA is one of Canada’s largest international publishers of English and French art books. The Museum is also home to the Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy, the largest educational complex in a North American art museum, which develops innovative education, wellness and art therapy projects.

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