Québec comics at the Museum


January 24, 2014 - What do you get when 15 locally renowned cartoonists get full access to the vaults of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, choose a work and make an original comic? A creative big bang and the birth of a playful new exhibition!

To mark its 15th anniversary, Montréal's very own publishing house La Pastèque, in collaboration with the Museum, found new means to demonstrate the vitality of Québec illustrators. Each cartoonist of La Pastèque had only one obligation: to take inspiration from a work or an object of the Museum's collection and create a story. Sometimes surprising, sometimes hilarious, the ensuing results are chock full of creativity. The 15 artists had a field day transposing works of painters such as Québec masters Jean-Paul Lemieux, Serge Lemoyne or Marc-Aurèle Fortin, or even Catalan surrealist Joan Miró. One cartoonist went so far as to make a subway turnstile the protagonist of a story!


Whether the angle chosen is fun, poetic or mysterious, the boards drawn up by the likes of Michel Rabagliati, Isabelle Arsenault, Pascal Blanchet, Janice Nadeau and others echo the vision of each cartoonist. They offer up worlds where a chair can come to life or local hockey team the Montréal Canadiens make an impromptu appearance.

Presented side by side, the original works and the comics that result are also accompanied by short videos in which artists share their creative process, adding food for thought for visitors. Comics at the Museum, an inventive and free exhibition on view until March 30, 2014.