Following the murderous acts perpetrated against press cartoonists and citizens that took place in Paris this month, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has made its stand. It has launched an educational project, aimed at inspiring reflexion and discussion on the subject of freedom of expressing in the service of peace, with a drawing as a starting point. It is a powerful tool of expression, and now more than ever, it has been placed in the centre of a social and political discourse. We must not forget that art, whether politicized or not, is a universal language that traverses borders. Cartooning is also one of the oldest forms of expression, and an integral aspect of democracy.

The title of the project organized by the museum’s director Nathalie Bondil is inspired by a poem by Paul Éluard, written in 1942, during the Second World War.

«Freedom, I draw your name. To our pencils ... »

A four meters high banner has been installed in the Museum’s Michel de la Chenelière hallway of art and education studios, showing some fifty drawings selected from a much larger number. This compilation will also be available in printed form, for the reflection of all participants. The chosen illustrations were published before January 11, 2015, the day of the international march in defence of freedom of expression and in protest against fundamentalism. The selection was done on the spur of the moment, following the terrifying events in Paris, and reflects the talent, commitment, and solidarity of both professional and amateur cartoonists. They come from different parts of the world, showcasing drawings already widely disseminated by social media.

Since January 9th, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is Charlie. During the weekend, pencils were distributed to visitors as a sign of solidarity. There are many interactive projects, with museum staff on hand, assisting both young and old in participating in this action.

So, ladies and gentlemen, take to your pencils!

LIBERTÉ, JE DESSINE TON NOM

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
1380 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal
Tel.: 514.285.2000
www.mbam.qc.ca(lien externe)

 
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