June 14 to September 15, 2013
The Automatiste Revolution, organized and circulated by the Varley Art Gallery, is an extensive exhibition of Les Automatistes, a modernist, dissident group of Québécois artists whose luminaries included Jean-Paul Riopelle and Paul-Émile Borduas. Influenced by Surrealism, rejection of religion, and other anti-establishment ideals, Les Automatistes in the early 1940s signed Le Refus global, a manifesto that became a key document in Québec’s Quiet Revolution. They continued working together until 1960. Today, Les Automatistes are recognized as the most interdisciplinary and possibly the most important modernist art movement in Canada.
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