1248 Bernard Avenue West
Montréal (Québec) H2V 2V6
Phone: 514-495-9944, ext. #1
Exhibit for all ages
In collaboration with the Théâtre Outremont, Casteliers present an exhibit curated by a son as a tribute to his father.
March 2-6, 2022
Joseph Bouchard (1925–1992) was a self-taught puppeteer who had a variety of other occupations throughout his life: travelling salesperson, lab assistant at Université Laval and concierge.
In 1965, he started creating puppets inspired by children’s TV shows like Pépinot et Capucine, Bobino, as well as series like Gerry Anderson’s Stingray and Thunderbirds. He encouraged his children to build puppets with him and he even built a small puppet theatre where they could perform shows. In 1980, he started a new series of puppets inspired by the Time Life series of books on geography, history, anthropology and art history, and by Bil Baird’s fabulous book The Art of the Puppet. His wife, Simone Lesage, created the puppets’ costumes.
The exhibit presents a selection of photographs that capture Joseph Bouchard’s craftsmanship and sensibility. It also presents the only two remaining puppets to this day—the artist having decided to destroy the rest of his wonderful and unforgettable creations at the end of his life.
Photos: Family archives / Photo editing: Yvon Bouchard
After working as a graphic designer and artistic director in several advertising agencies, Yvon Bouchard became a teacher. For several years now, as an artist, he has been exploring various forms of expression. He is particularly interested in digital photography as a document, a trace and an allegorical interpretation.
Curated by / archive photos edited by: Yvon Bouchard
Puppets by: Joseph Bouchard
Puppet costumes by: Simone Lesage
Yvon Bouchard would like to thank Johanne Bouchard for holding on to one of his father’s two puppets for over 37 years.