Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada launches major exhibition celebrating Rober Racine's work

Ottawa, Canada - November 20, 2001


 « La plus ambitieuse exposition consacrée à l'œuvre de Rober Racine présentée au Musée des beaux-arts du Canada 
The National Gallery of Canada is pleased to present the most ambitious and comprehensive exhibition to date of the work of Rober Racine, one of the best artistic talents working in Canada today. This internationally renowned artist's work doesn't fit into any conventional artistic category. In fact, what is crucial to Racine is his ability to express himself through the use of many media. The Rober Racine exhibition will be presented both inside and outside the National Gallery of Canada from 23 November 2001 to 24 February 2002.

Rober Racine: performance artist of creative extremes
Born in Montreal in 1956, Racine's work is best defined by the originality of his artistic vision. In addition to being a visual artist, he is also a musician, a novelist and a playwright. Known for his works demanding extreme patience and physical endurance, Racine devoted fourteen years to creating a park of the French language, focusing on the Petit Robert dictionary. Since the mid-nineties, he has shifted his attention from the contained world of the dictionary to the limitless reach of outer space. Inspired by the Apollo missions and by images related to the mapping and exploration of space, he creates poetic works where the names of stars and comets evoke the perennial human impulse to understand and tame the overwhelming vastness of space.

These many facets of Rober Racine's talent have deeply influenced his creative expression over the course more than 20 years. This is clearly evident in the exhibition, with some twenty works depicting three distinct periods of his artistic life. Each period pays tribute, among other things, to the media of music, the French language, and the infinite landscapes of outer space.

The Rober Racine exhibition
The Rober Racine exhibition assembles the major pieces in the artist's body of work and traces his progression from the written word to the vitality and unique qualities of his most recent works. The exhibition includes Racine's drawings; video; audio and sculpture installations; photography; books; and manuscripts. His art will be shown in two spaces: in the contemporary galleries, and in the exterior Couryard, where he has created an installation especially for the National Gallery of Canada.

The exhibition was organized in collaboration with the artist, Rober Racine, and Galerie René Blouin, Montreal.

This exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. The catalogue was co-edited by les éditions Les 400 Coups de Montréal and the National Gallery of Canada. It includes essays by French writer Jean-Paul Dubois and Art historian Danielle Legentil; a chronology of Rober Racine's career; a foreword by Pierre Théberge, Director of the NGC; as well as an insightful introduction to the exhibition by Diana Nemiroff, Curator of Modern Art for the NGC.

Family Workshops: With these words …
On Sunday, 25 November from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm or from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Venture into the unusual creative world of words inhabited by Rober Racine, where your family will discover how the artist transforms the printed word into visual creations through repetition, quotation, cut-out and collage. Inspired by Racine's works, families will then collaborate on the creation of their own garden of words and mirror-page projects. Cost per family $ 10.

Meet Rober Racine. Sunday, 3 February at 3 pm Take advantage of this opportunity to tour the exhibition with the artist himself. Free admission.

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