VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine

Klaus Scherübel, Untitled (Seconde exposition des automatistes, au 75 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, chez les Gauvreau, 1947), 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

Klaus Scherübel realizes a curatorial and art intervention at VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine. For more than seventy years, the Automatist exhibitions have been widely studied in monographs and anthologies, to the point that they are today thought of as legendary events. In the same way exhibition catalogues do, those volumes shape our perception of works and orient our appreciation of the context in which they appeared, whether through the substance of their critical commentaries or the quality of their visual documentation. Over time, these photographs have gradually superimposed themselves on our idea of the exhibitions, eventually becoming their consummate visual reference. Seeking to “work back” through time and reactualize the past starting from the present, Klaus Scherübel has used one of these images as a conceptual tool: he has reconstituted, three-dimensionally, the black & white photo taken by Maurice Perron in 1947, in a context that has since become historic. Through that diversional operation, the image, which had originally been reproduced in “book space,” infiltrates the gallery space and, through that spillover effect, acquires the form of an exhibition.

Also: “Créer à rebours vers l’exposition”: The case of the second Automatist exhibition


From June 13 to July 13, 2019

Opening on Wendesday, June 12, 2019, from 5:30 pm, in the presence of the artist.


The use of Maurice Perron’s works is possible thanks to the kind permission of Line-Sylvie Perron and the MNBAQ. This exhibition benefits from the financial support of the Federal Chancellery of Austria and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.


4th floor, 2 Sainte-Catherine Street E. (metro Saint-Laurent), Montréal, Québec, H2X 1K4
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Open Tuesday to Friday from noon to 6 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm

Admission fee: Free