Montreal/Milan, October 19, 2020 – Jean Paul Riopelle (1923-2002) is considered one of Canada's most important and prolific artists of the 20th century. Published in conjunction with the exhibition Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures, which will run at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) from November 21, 2020 to March 21, 2021, this catalogue takes a fresh look at the approach of this Quebec painter and sculptor to reveal the prevalent influence of the North and Indigenous cultures on his body of work.

Drawing from extensive research, the scientific publication sheds light on some of the sources that inspired Riopelle's creative output, particularly during the 1950s and 1970s. It analyzes the artistic and intellectual influences that sparked Riopelle's interest in northern Indigenous communities and traces his travels to the northern territories that marked his art production. Using an interdisciplinary approach that combines art history and anthropology, the catalogue gives us a better understanding of Riopelle's imagination while paying tribute to the Indigenous communities and their material cultures that inspired him.

Edited by Andréanne Roy, art historian; Jacques Des Rochers, Curator of Quebec and Canadian Art (before 1945) at the MMFA; and Yseult Riopelle, author, editor and the artist's eldest daughter, the catalogue includes over a dozen essays and more than 300 illustrations. Many specialists, including some from Indigenous communities, contributed to the work, whose graphic design is by award-winning design firm Paprika. 
Title: Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures
Publisher: Publishing Department of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in association with 5 Continents Editions, Milan
Authors: Edited by Andréanne Roy, Jacques Des Rochers and Yseult Riopelle; with Nathalie Bondil, Serge Bouchard, Daniel Chartier, Florence Duchemin-Pelletier, Stacy A. Ernst, Leena Evic, François-Marc Gagnon, Mari Kleist, Ruth B. Phillips, Bruce Hugh Russell, Marc Séguin, Guy Sioui Durand and Krista Ulujuk Zawadski.
288 pages, more than 200 illustrations
Hardcover. 24 x 28 cm
Graphic design: Paprika, Montreal
ISBN: 978-2-89192-427-6 (MMFA) / 978-88-7439-943-7 (5 Continents Editions).
Also available in French.
Release date: October 2020
Price: €45 / US$55. Available at the MMFA Boutique and Bookstore at the price of CA$54.95
About the authors
Jacques Des Rochers has been Curator of Quebec and Canadian Art (before 1945) at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts since 2002. He developed the exhibition concept for the collections under his care displayed in the new Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion, inaugurated in 2011, which incorporates a contemporary Indigenous perspective. He also edited the first catalogue devoted to this corpus that was published for the opening. More recently, he co-curated (with Brian Foss) the exhibition 1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group (2015–16), and co-edited the catalogue. Both projects have earned a number of awards. He is also co-curator of the MMFA exhibition Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures (2020).

Art historian and museologist Andréanne Roy has been working in the field of modern and contemporary art for the past fifteen years. She has occupied a variety of positions, both in the museum milieu and in the sphere of artist-run centres and private galleries. A PhD candidate in art history at the Université de Montréal, she is currently working as a curator and author on several independent projects. The notable exhibitions she has curated include Riopelle à Saint-Fabien-sur-Mer, 1944-1945 : les années charnières (2013), presented at the Musée régional de Rimouski, and Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures, presented at the MMFA (2020).

Educated during the 1960s in Montreal, Paris and New York, Yseult Riopelle possesses a multidisciplinary artistic background that encompasses dance, jewellery, sculpture, ceramics and art teaching. In 1988, her father, the painter and sculptor Jean Paul Riopelle, assigned her exclusive responsibility for the authentication of his works and commissioned her to research and publish his catalogue raisonné. Since 1999, she has published the first five of the catalogue's nine volumes along with a number of other books. She has been working as a consultant, expert and curator since the 1980s. She also served as guest co-curator for the MMFA exhibition Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures (2020).

An exhibition presented by Hydro-Québec
Major public partner: Government of Canada
Major patron: Audain Foundation 
In collaboration with Hatch, the Jean Paul Riopelle Foundation, the Heffel Fine Art Auction House, Tourisme Montréal, RBC and the MMFA's Angel Circle. 
Official sponsors: Air Canada and Denalt Paints 
Media partners: Bell, La Presse and Montreal Gazette.
Public partners: Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts, and Conseil des arts de Montréal
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About the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Publishing Department
Founded in 1985, the MMFA Publishing Department is one of the largest publishers of art books in Canada. It has a catalogue of over 250 titles (monographs and thematic books) on art, fashion and cinema from yesterday to today that are distributed internationally in French and English. These illustrated references produced by renowned historians and experts are the perfect complement to the exhibitions and collections of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The Department's publications include The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier, 2011 (Grand Prix du Livre de Mode, Université de la Mode, Lyon); Benjamin-Constant: Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism, 2014; Alexander Calder. Radical Inventor, 2018 (Applied Arts Design Awards, Toronto); and Paris in the Days of Post-Impressionism: Signac and the Indépendants (2020).
About 5 Continents Editions
Founded in Milan in February 2002, 5 Continents Editions is an independent art book publisher and an authority on publications about the traditional arts of Africa, Asia, the Americas and Oceania. Its publications also cover art in the broadest sense and deal with archaeology the ancient, modern and contemporary arts, as well as decorative arts, fashion, design, photography, and more. The company can widely circulate titles, mainly in French and English but also in other languages, across the globe thanks to its first-rate international distribution channels.Through exceptional iconography, texts by eminent authors, and the quality of its photogravure, printing and binding process, the publications of 5 Continents Editions concretely reflect all types of authentic and soulful forms of expression and creation.
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