Sabrina Perez and Gilles Genty (Montréal)
Conference for all audiences, 12 years +
Suggested voluntary contribution: $5
The Nabis (Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Maurice Denis and their friends) were trained as painters and Gauguin’s students. Very early on, they became fascinated with literature and theatre, and discovered the modern works of Rimbaud, Maurice Maeterlinck and Alfred Jarry before anyone else. But they had limited financial resources, so they decided to stage these works in small puppet shows. A new esthetic emerged with a focus on hidden and more complex elements of the performing arts.
RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes + Q&A period in French
Sabrina Perez graduated from the ICART School of Arts and worked in several galleries in Paris. In 2012, in her role as vice-president of the Association des amis de l’artiste, she helped create the catalogue for the retrospective exhibit of sculptor Georges Lacombe (1868-1916). She has lectured on the visual arts since 2010.
Gilles Genty is an art historian specializing in the Nabis. He was a lecturer at the École du Louvre and former director of the Musée du Petit-Palais de Genève. He has co-curated many international exhibitions, including Le temps des Nabis (Florence and Montréal, 1998), De Caillebotte à Picasso (Paris, Rotterdam and Québec, 2002-2003), De Gauguin aux Nabis, le droit de tout oser (Lodève, 2010) and Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque (Montréal, 2016). He is also the author of Pierre Bonnard, dessins inédits (Cercle d’Art, 2006).