Normand Forget

From January 28 2017 to April 23 2017
Temporary exhibition

Commissaire : Émilie Ruiz

An Te Liu – White Dwarf

An Te Liu’s imposing installation White Dwarf is on display at the Musée d’art de Joliette for the summer season. The enormous sphere, composed of a multitude of obsolete electronic objects, is presented suspended in the lobby.

Patrick Bernatchez – 180°

The film 180° features a pianist performing a sonata by the Belgian composer Guillaume Lekeu (1870–94) in an empty concert hall with subdued lighting. The movement of the camera reveals, after a time, that the musician and his instrument are in fact upside down, suspended in space.

Yan Giguère – Croisements

OCTOBER 8 2016 – JANUARY 8, 2017
Temporary exhibition
Salle Nicole et René Després et Jeannette et Luc Liard

Commissaire : Marie-Claude Landry

Annie-Claude Coutu Geoffroy – Éléonores

The same woman appears three times in the video-dance Éléonores: in autumn, we find her in a field of dried corn; in winter, in an outdoor skating rink at night and, in summer, in a lake or on water. Shot outdoors, these unsettling locations, both for the dancer and for the cameraperson, are meant to express the three states represented by the dance.


Crystalloid Structures

To celebrate its grand reopening, the Musée d’art de Joliette is presenting the monumental installation Crystalloid Structures by the artist Andrée-Anne Dupuis Bourret. Comprised of over 10,000 origami pieces, hand-made by the public, this collaborative work is the first to be exposed in the museum’s hall.

Stéphane Gilot – The Catalog of Futures

Positing the museum as an ephemeral laboratory, where the real and the imaginary fuse, Stéphane Gilot revisits, by means of immersive installations, videos and huge building models, the history of the MAJ and the successive architectural remodellings of its building. A two-part show enlivened by performances and featuring an artist in residence.

Another City

Another City offers an artistic dialogue between Canada and Japan through an interdisciplinary exhibition that allies the visual arts to architecture and literature. This unusual project brings together works by artists Paul de Guzman (Vancouver), Yoshihiro Suda (Japan) and author and art critic Masashi Ogura (Japan) to interact in the same space. All three participants are interested in the theme of the changing urban environment.

H.C.A (History of the Contemporary Artist)

This exhibition presents more than one hundred acrylic-on-wood paintings of different sizes in an audacious style combining what the artist calls “trash” – a term amalgamating tragedy, absurdity and humour – and caricature. In this satiric treatment of a contemporary artist’s story, Marie-Claude Pratte uncovers the underpinnings of the art establishment and questions the aesthetic … Continued

The Eloquence of the Everyday

To mark Gabor Szilasi’s 81st birthday, the Musée d’art de Joliette, in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, presents the The Eloquence of the Everyday, an important retrospective of the work of the Hungarian-born Quebec artist. Structured around three themes – Hungary, rural Quebec and Montreal – the exhibition brings together 124 photographs culled from diverse private and public collections. These emblematic images – some of which have never before been shown – include urban landscapes, architectural views and environmental portraits testifying to Szilasi’s indefatigable faith in the innately humanistic and documentary qualities of photography.

Four Questions Surrounding the Decorative in Quebec Art

The exhibition Décoratif! Décoratifs?, presented at the Musée d’art de Joliette from September 23, 2007 to January 6, 2008, focuses on the qualities associated with the term “decorative” in the field of the arts. Some sixty works selected from the collections of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec enable the public to explore four … Continued


The Musée d’art de Joliette takes art to the outdoors with recent work from artist Penelope Stewart. Cloche, presented exclusively on the site of the amphitheatre during the Festival de Lanaudière, consists of a pair of giant photographs showing an oversized bell jar literally encompassing nature. Installed back to back in the wooded area leading to the amphitheatre, the photographs create an optical illusion of “architectural folly.”