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The art of Tony Bennett
(Published: February 13, 2013)

The renowned singer exhibits his work in a Canadian premiere

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and the Galerie of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan are proud to present the Canadian premiere of Tony Bennett: the Art of Anthony Benedetto, a remarkable free exhibit of forty artworks by internationally renowned artist and singer Tony Bennett, presented from February 14 to April 14, 2013.

A singer long adored by his Montreal fans, Tony Bennett quickly found a place in the heart of the permanent Festival collection with his piece Louis Armstrong, created as a guest artist in 2000. For this 14th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, the legendary artist offers us an immense privilege: presenting a major Canadian premiere featuring a selection of some of his loveliest pieces, signed Anthony Benedetto. The exhibition includes 41 water colours and 2 sketches created between 1986 and 2012, including three original paintings which are part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, one of the largest museum complexes in the world. Do not miss this unique opportunity to join us in the Galerie of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan and discover another facet of the very talented Tony Bennett, accomplished painter and watercolorist, whose work will transport you with its emotive power and beauty.

A self-described museum fanatic, the artist makes time on his many world tours to visit and pore over the masterpieces of art history exhibited all over the planet, taking endless inspiration from the works of the masters in creating his own pieces. Landscapes, portraits, still lifes, urban scenes... all styles make Tony Bennett smile, as he communicates his boundless love for life in every piece he imagines and creates.

The Galerie of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan

Permanently installed on the second floor of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, the Galerie, a non-profit organization, showcases the original works of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal collection, many of which the general public rarely has a chance to see. They include the creations of Jean-Paul Riopelle, Marcel Barbeau, Corno, Armand Vaillancourt, Francis X. Pavy, Zïlon, Lhasa de Sela, Miles Davis, Tony Bennett, Frédéric Back, Miyuki Tanobe, Diane Dufresne, Richard Séguin, Marcel Barbeau and Yves Archambault, the Festival's poster designer for nearly 25 years. Limited-edition signed and numbered silkscreens are also on display, including works by Robert Lapalme and Alfred Pellan, which can be bought exclusively at the Galerie.

The Galerie of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan also presents large-scale exhibitions featuring world-renowned artists. In summertime, the Galerie moves right out into the heart of the festivities. Furthermore, it offers precious support to the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, a non-profit organism, since any potential surplus generated by the Galerie is devoted to financing the free activities presented by the event.

Your visit continues with the Bell Exhibition of the Legends of the Festival and the Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse...and admission is always free!

Next to the Galerie, fans can discover the Bell Exhibition of the Legends of the Festival, a little museum featuring instruments, stage clothing, trophies and personal items belonging to the greatest names in jazz who have coloured over 30 years of Festival history and contributed to its international renown: stage costumes from Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald, guitars from Jeff Beck and Ben Harper, and the legendary hat worn by Leonard Cohen. Just above that, on the 3rd floor, you'll find the Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse and its unique collection, the largest of its kind in this domain, bursting with jazz treasures, including the invaluable archives of late, lamented journalist Len Dobbin: thousands and thousands of jazz magazines, photos, and CDs, video recordings of Festival concerts, over a thousand hours of video archive. And it's all accessible free of charge, all year long.

Opening hours:

Monday: closed

Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday to Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tony Bennett: the Art of Antony Benedetto

From February 14 to April 14, 2013

Galerie of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan

305 Ste. Catherine Street West, 2nd Floor - 514 288-8882 -

More Information: http://galerieloungetd.montrealjazzfest.com


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