You Have To Check Out The Riopelle Exhibit At Whistler’s Stunning Audain Art Museum

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You Have To Check Out The Riopelle Exhibit At Whistler’s Stunning Audain Art Museum

Widely regarded as one of Canada’s most important modern artists, Jean Paul Riopelle’s innovative work is a must-see for all those interested in Canadian art. In a collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Riopelle exhibit truly shines in the beautiful architecture of the Audain Art Museum up at Whistler.

This highly-regarded exhibit takes a new lens on Canada’s unique northern landscapes and incorporates various Indigenous motifs to create paintings and sculptures deeply embedded in the land and history of the nation.


Jean Paul Riopelle was born in Montreal and in the 40s became a member of the Quebecois surrealist group les automatistes. After working in Paris at the height of the post WII cultural avant-garde , the Canadian artist turned back to his roots to focus on the desolate northern landscapes of BC, Quebec and Nunavut with a specifically Indigenous inspiration.


Jean Paul Riopelle (1923-2002), D’un long voyage (triptych), 1973, oil on canvas, 162.6 x 355.6 cm. Private collection. © Estate of Jean Paul Riopelle / SOCAN (2021). Photo archives catalogue raisonné Jean Paul Riopelle.

The exhibit focuses on this unique period of Riopelle’s artistic career in which Canada’s rugged north and its rich Indigenous cultural heritage are present in every piece. Grab your tickets before the exhibition closes February 21st 2022!


Hours: Thursday – Sunday  11am – 6pm

Where: 4350 Blackcomb Way, Whistler BC

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