Musée d'Art Contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul
Expositions en cours

Expositions en cours

Barrier-free Zone/ History of international Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul
July 30, 2011 - May 1st 2016 (Contraste Room)
Curator : Martin Labrie

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The International Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul has been a hallmark of the cultural life of Quebec since 1982 and it remains a unique meeting and creation venue. The Musée d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul is proud to present Free Exchange Zone, its first permanent exhibition, one that gives an overview of this major artistic event through its history, its actors and the works it has generated.



TWO WAYS-STUDIOS - Mariette Rousseau-Vermette et Claude Vermette. Crafters of Québec Modernity
June 20 to October 12, 2015
René Viau

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Two major figures of Québec modernity will be featured during the summer months at the Musée d’art contemporain of Baie-Saint-Paul. With the largest ever retrospective of the works of Laurentian artists Mariette Rousseau-Vermette and Claude Vermette, the Musée wishes to pay homage to two pioneers of public art in Québec. Entitled Two-Way Studios — Mariette Rousseau-Vermette and Claude Vermette: Crafters of Québec Modernity, the exhibition invites visitors to wander through more than five decades of artistic creation.

The art of Mariette Rousseau-Vermette (1926-2006) and Claude Vermette (1930-2006) is a testimony to a new way of life that started to emerge in Québec in the late 1950s. Their works, most often in the form of murals or tapestries, were sometimes monumental and could readily be integrated in the architectural context. To this day, their works echo a basic tenet of the “Révolution tranquille” that aligns cultural production with social progress.

As well, during the 1960s, a period of time when changes sometimes produced destabilising effects, these artists managed to merge modernist values and traditional craft.  It was also a time of quest for an expression of a cultural identity that could be both ultra-contemporary and respectful of the past.


The exhibition’s approach to the production of two artists whose works are spread out over more than five decades is a series of thematic “chapters”. This allows for a grouping of the works of the Vermette couple along a chronological itinerary. The presentation is respectful of the individuality of each protagonist. Beyond the characteristics of each approach, what is conveyed is a common spirit, strong affinities and correlations, obvious emotional and intellectual bonds, a common historical and social context and a journey through an important period of our recent history.

June 1st to October 12, 2015

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The MUSÉE D’ART CONTEMPORAIN DEBAIE-SAINT-PAUL (MACBSP) is pleased to present Pathway to Art, an outdoor photography stroll to four iconic locations of Baie-Saint-Paul. Each year, two exhibitions will be offered to the strollers. For this year’s summer months, the elements of the pathway will be located in sections of RUE SAINT-JEAN-BAPTISTE, at HÔTEL DE VILLE, LE QUAI and HÔTEL LA FERME.

Along with the exhibitions and with the support of the art of photography, the various facets of the visual arts will be unveiled as well as magnificent works by artists representing various cultures and belonging to different generations.

As extensions of the MACBSP, these pathways will make art more accessible and greatly enrich a stroll through Baie-Saint-Paul, a city of art and culture that is open to the world.

Imagination and the Symposium

The summer of 2015 coincides with the 33rd edition of the International Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul. Through the years, a rich collection of works has been assembled! This year, with the cooperation of the Société littéraire de Charlevoix, the Musée d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul has invited 31 prominent representatives of the literary and cultural communities of Québec to produce written works inspired by the visual artworks produced during previous editions of the Symposium. Whether works of fiction or poetry, the diversity of the proposed texts attests to the outstanding impact produced by visual arts and contemporary art on the imagination of writers of different generations and various backgrounds.

Andrée Ferretti, Antonine Maillet, Louise Portal, John R. Porter, Serge Bouchard, Claude Frappier, Bernard Langevin and Danielle Trussart were among the literary contributors. Significant excerpts will enhance the photographic pathway.

By integrating itself harmoniously in the urban context of Baie-Saint-Paul, the Pathway to Art will invite strollers to discover and rediscover unique works produced by artists who participated in the symposium over the years since its inception in 1982: Serge Lemoyne, Rita Letendre, Marcel Barbeau, Jacques Hudon or Louis-Pierre Bougie, to name but a few.

As an additional feature, from August 6 through September 13, 2015, the Musée d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul will present an exhibition entitled Les Grands formats du Symposium(Symposium’s Large Scale Works)in two locations: Carrefour culturel Paul-Médéric and Bibliothèque René-Richard. A special issue of the magazine L’Embarcadère will be published on this occasion. It will feature the literary contributions that were sent to the Société littéraire de Charlevoix.


Collectif Caméramage
20 juin au 12 octobre 2015

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