Expo sexu at the MNBAQ

Expo sexu au MNBAQ

Photographs could surprise in this exhibition.

The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) stands out with its new exhibition entitled Théâtres de l'intimate.

In this retrospective, we reveal more than 230 works by Canadian photographer Evergon, known for his portraits, landscapes and nudity rich in surprising images that leave no one indifferent. “The works are seductive, intriguing, playful, sometimes naughty and make you smile,” said the Director General of the Museum, Jean-Luc Murray.

Burlesque and carnal

The photographs reveal the talent of Evergon spread over fifty years. We see the evolution of his techniques and his aesthetic research which have changed over time, such as the use of the giant polaroid, photocopying and collage. “It is absolutely mind-blowing to see what he has been able to do in photography. He explored all the technical possibilities of this medium.”

In complete privacy

Evergon's work addresses themes of life, everyday life, death, fragility, aging, love, sexuality and desire. Visitors are immersed in the intimacy of the artist, who sometimes reveals himself naked or semi-nude in self-portrait mode, or who exhibits his own meticulously chosen objects for his creations. He also stages his relatives, lovers and friends to express the limits of the genre. We also often note in certain works strong claims linked to homosexuality, he himself having defined himself as a young activist in the gay community since the 1970s.

In this journey divided into ten main sections , the artist well known for pushing the limits of photography also exploits contrasts, such as young and aging bodies, thin or fleshy, or soft or difficult emotions. Explicit photographs are also found in an area defined for informed visitors. Fans will say he inspired a generation of young photographers by teaching his passion at the University of Ottawa and at Concordia. The artist is a native of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and settled in Quebec more than twenty years ago.

New publication

A catalog bringing together texts and images of the works is available at the Museum bookstore. The exhibition will be open to the public until April 23.

More details at www.mnbaq.org.

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