The big turnaround of the seventies, from the collection of the Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent
November 1, 2013 – January 1, 2014
The profound transformation of the visual arts in Quebec began in the 1940s, and the new paradigm was reaffirmed in the 1970s. In this decade, art was released from traditional codes and materials; anything was possible, as many artists explored new paths that resulted in formal strategies of great diversity.
For the first time, the art scene in Quebec was marching in step with major world currents, as was also the case in the rest of Canada. This decade has received scant attention from art historians; this exhibition aims to fill that gap. Drawn from the Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent’s rich collection, the works represent the most notable aspects of this phase of Quebec’s cultural history.
This project has been made possible in part through a contribution from the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.