Exhibitions by Jean Paul Riopelle

Multiple artists

Toronto Art Fair 2019
Oct. 24, 2019 to Oct. 27, 2019

Multiple artists

Depuis 30 ans - Maintenant
May 11, 2019 to June 29, 2019

Marcelle Ferron, Jean Paul Riopelle

Ferron / Riopelle DUOS
Feb. 2, 2019 to March 30, 2019

Multiple artists

Refus Global - 70e anniversaire (1948-2018)
Sept. 6, 2018 to Oct. 6, 2018

Multiple artists

Mes amitiés, Riopelle
Nov. 26, 2017 to Feb. 24, 2018

Jean Paul Riopelle

Jean Paul Riopelle : les années parisiennes
Oct. 28, 2017 to Jan. 27, 2018

Multiple artists

cARTographier. Exposition tenue dans le cadre du 375e de Montréal
Jan. 25, 2017 to March 4, 2017

Multiple artists

À deux, c'est mieux!
Sept. 7, 2016 to Oct. 1, 2016

Multiple artists

Re :
Nov. 18, 2015 to Dec. 23, 2015

Multiple artists

Tribu moderne
July 11, 2015 to Aug. 29, 2015

Jean Paul Riopelle

Suites sans fin, lithographies géantes
May 20, 2015 to June 27, 2015

Multiple artists

La matière noire
Aug. 1, 2014 to Sept. 6, 2014

Multiple artists

1989 – Une exposition improbable
June 18, 2014 to July 26, 2014

Jean Paul Riopelle

Les migrations du bestiaire
May 7, 2014 to June 15, 2014

Multiple artists

Un
March 12, 2014 to April 12, 2014

Multiple artists

Du bon usage de l'acide...
April 4, 2012 to May 5, 2012

Multiple artists

Débuts
Jan. 18, 2012 to Feb. 18, 2012

Jean Paul Riopelle

Mémoires d'ateliers
Nov. 24, 2010 to Dec. 24, 2010

Jean Paul Riopelle

Force des forêts
May 5, 2010 to June 5, 2010

Multiple artists

Maîtres de l'estampe : le XXe siècle
Oct. 7, 2009 to Nov. 7, 2009

Jean Paul Riopelle

Au delà du all-over
June 10, 2009 to Aug. 1, 2009

Multiple artists

Coups de coeur – 1er état
Jan. 28, 2009 to March 7, 2009

Jean Paul Riopelle

Papiers géants
Aug. 8, 2007 to Sept. 29, 2007

Multiple artists

Montréal Paris New York
June 7, 2006 to July 8, 2006

Jean Paul Riopelle

Estampes et mutations
Oct. 12, 2005 to Nov. 12, 2005

Jean Paul Riopelle

Pastels 1962-1976
June 19, 2004 to Sept. 4, 2004

Roseline Granet, Jean Paul Riopelle

Jean Paul Riopelle et Roseline Granet
May 29, 2002 to July 12, 2002

About the artist

Jean Paul Riopelle

Jean Paul Riopelle

Jean Paul Riopelle was born in Montreal on October 7, 1923. At the age of seventeen, he began studying at the École Polytechnique, but left after less than two years, weary of its overly rigid teaching methods. He was then invited to enroll at the École du Meuble, where he met Paul-Émile Borduas. As part of Borduas' circle, he produced his first abstract works and mixed with those artists who, from 1946 on, were to become known as the Automatistes. 1948 proved to be an eventful year for Riopelle: he signed the Refus Global manifesto and, after its publication in August, took part in its public defence. And at the end of that same year, he and his family left to settle in Paris.

His professional career got off to a flying start in 1949 with his first solo show in Paris at the Galerie La Dragonne, an occasion marked by the publication of his very first exhibition catalogue, which featured a poetic text by none other than André Breton. This was followed by numerous group shows in France, Italy, Spain, England and Sweden in the early 1950s. From 1954 onwards, he had regular exhibitions at the Pierre Matisse Gallery in New York. Galerie Maeght in Paris took him on in 1966, dedicating a show to his work every two years. The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec devoted a retrospective to him in the summer of 1967. Later, in 1972, a major exhibition entitled Ficelles et autres jeux was held at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, and at the Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris. In 1981-82, the Musée national d'art moderne (Centre Georges-Pompidou) organized a major retrospective of his work that was later presented at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, and museums in Mexico and Venezuela. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts also devoted a retrospective to Riopelle in 1991, to celebrate the inauguration of the Museum's new Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion. In 1997, Montreal's Galerie Simon Blais organized an exhibition around several of Riopelle's works on paper, accompanied by the publication of the book Tigre de papier: œuvres sur Papier 1953-1989.

In 1992, it was announced that Joan Mitchell, his companion in Paris for almost 20 years, had died. Riopelle, shattered by the news, turned his hand to painting once again, producing the largest work of his career, the Hommage à Rosa Luxemburg, a triptych. It was painted on a huge canvas that Riopelle unrolled as his composition progressed; it was later hung on wooden stretchers that measured approximately 40 metres. This work is now on display at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in Quebec City.

Jean Paul Riopelle died at his home on Îsle-aux-Grues on March 12, 2002.

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