Une galerie d’art non figuratif 1955-1957

CONTENT photography and texts
DATE 2016
FORMAT 18 x 23 cm
LANGUAGE French, English
PRICE $39.95
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L'Actuelle, une galerie d’art non figuratif 1955-1957 presents a little known episode in the development of the visual arts in Quebec, that got underway on May 28th, 1955, when Molinari and journalist Fernande Saint-Martin opened a gallery entirely devoted to non-figurative art, an artform often held in low esteem at the time both by society generally, as well as by museums and galleries.

L’Actuelle will remain open to the public until May 19th, 1957. Its impact on Montreal life was meteoric: some thirty exhibitions in 24 months, long opening hours and media coverage extensive to a degree unknown until then (and for good reason: the gallery held solo shows in turn by Borduas, Mousseau, Barbeau, Leduc, Letendre, Ulysse Comtois, McEwen, Toupin, Belzile, Jean-Paul Jérôme, Bellefleur, Giguère, Blair, Claude Tousignant and of course Molinari himself, alongside a few memorable group shows). Basically a sort of inventory of non-figurative art by a group of artists who exhibited at that time the work which is now considered to represent the golden age of their production.

L'Actuelle is an abundantly illustrated bilingual monograph highlighting specific, often unpublished, information and historical documents relating to what was a very significant display space for contemporary art.

This book is co-published with the Guido Molinari Foundation.


Lise Lamarche has a degree in Art History. From 1974 to 2008, she was a professor at the Université de Montréal’s Department of Art History and Film Studies. She has a special interest in modern and contemporary sculpture as well as artistic establishments. She writes articles for learned journals as well as catalogue introductions for exhibits (one of which being the work under the direction of Roald Nasgaard and Michel Martin for the Les Plasticiens and Beyond : Montréal 1955-1970 exhibit having taken place in Québec and Markham in 2013).

Gilles Daigneault has been an art critic for nearly forty years. Among others, he was the Vie des arts magazine’s Associate Editor in the 1980s. He worked at Le Devoir from 1982 to 1987 and was with the CBC French FM network for some twenty years. He often acted as independent museum commissioner for various museums, exhibition centres and galleries in Québec as well as abroad. As such, he made several exhibition catalogues. In 2004, he became the first Executive Director of the Guido Molinari Foundation.

Born in Paris, Lisa Bouraly came to Montréal in 2010 and graduated from the Université de Montréal with a degree in International Studies (2013). She started working in the visual arts field in 2012, and the following year, she joined the Guido Molinari Foundation. She has a specialized graduate diploma in Management of Cultural Organizations (HEC Montréal) and she currently studies Museology at the Université du Québec à Montréal.