40 ans

Past, present, future.

Three exhibitions of contemporary jewelry

The Maison de la culture Mercier and l’École de joaillerie de Montréal will be presenting, from September 17th to October 30th, three jewellery and silversmithing exhibitions; Past, present, future. The event will feature over 200 pieces of work created by over 80 different artisans between 1973 and today. Founded in 1973 by Quebec’s first woman jeweller Madeleine Dansereau, and renowned jeweller and president of the Quebec Craft Council for over 20 years, Armand Brochard, l’École de joaillerie de Montréal has today become one of Canada’s premier jewellery training centers.

40 ans de passion, de création et de formation, Résonance and Amalgame give insight into the evolution of Quebec’s jewellery scene by showcasing the achievements of the institution’s very own founding members, teachers, and students.

Born of a common interest to preserve cultural identity, the event, highlighting forty years of jewellery teaching in Montreal, demonstrates how the convergence of individual passions, social consciousness and political choices can lead to wonderful projects.
In this sense, the exhibition presented constitute an area where the historical narrative is combined with the creation of art in jewellery and silversmithing to revive an important chapter in the evolution of crafts and cultural industries in Quebec.

The future is unknown and the present a fleeting moment which spins rapidly into the past. Our heritage is all we have to guide our choices and its preservation is a commitment not to the past but to the future. The École de joaillerie de Montréal takes on this commitment by putting together an exhibition that aims to create the necessary link between the past, the present, and the future. This legacy becomes a useful tool for reflection and valuable analysis to better assess the current issues of crafts and art jewellery in Québec’s society.

40 ans de passion, de création et de formation
40 ans de passion, de création et de formation is a three-part exhibition of jewellery and silversmithing created by the school’s founders Madeleine Danserau and Armand Brochard, as well as it’s teachers and students. The exhibition celebrates 40 years of milestones related to this unparalleled learning center that is the École de Joaillerie de Montréal. Four decades of creation, training, and worldwide recognition. An exceptional historical portrait of the field crafts in Quebec.

Curator Catherine Sheedy, artist, jeweller, and pedagogue, requested the collaboration of collectors and museums to assemble an exhibition in line with the course of this institution. Pieces were then selected by a jury comprised of internationally renowned weaver Louise Lemieux Bérubé, cutler and silversmith Chantal Gilbert, and art historian Valérie Côté.

In continuation of the retrospective, The Canadian Guild of Crafts presented Résonance, an exhibition reuniting 42 works of jewellery art and sculptures created by 26 artists from the École de Joaillerie de Montréal. For this event, 13 of it’s current teachers each handpicked a graduate among hundreds to whom they have generously dispensed their skills and knowledge over the course of their students’ training. Each team worked together to create expressive pieces that are the result of a close collaboration and sharing of points of view, language, questioning and simply the exchange of knowledge.

Amalgame was first presented at the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec last spring. It is an exhibition showcasing artworks by the schools 2015-2016 graduates and current students. It is with pride that they invite us to this event where modernity, boldness, and elegance are honored. This new generation of jewellers offers a breath of fresh air and gives a glimpse in to a promising bright future for the craft of jewellery.

Exhibition catalogs
The École de Joaillerie de Montréal created two magnificent exhibition catalogs containing excerpts from interviews and showcasing a selection of the works presented at these shows. These catalogs are evidence of the wealth knowledge of the jewellery school and the field of crafts, both which are an important part of our cultural heritage.

Past, present, future.
From September 17 to October 30, 2016
Maison de la culture Mercier
8105, Hochelaga St.
514 872-8755

Wednesday : 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday : 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday to Sunday : 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Download the press release (PDF)

Download the invitation (PDF)