Jean-Paul Riopelle's funeral causes controversy
On Aug. 9, 1948, a handsome young group of artists and intellectuals gathered at a Montreal bookstore to launch an anti-religious and anti-establishment manifesto. Le Refus global (Total Refusal) was signed by 16 artists including such giants as Jean-Paul Riopelle and Paul-Emile Borduas. It would become one of the most important and controversial artistic and social documents in modern Quebec society.
When the great modern painter Jean-Paul Riopelle dies in 2002 at age 78, the decision to hold his funeral at a church proves controversial.
Painter Pierre Gauvreau and interior designer Madeleine Arbour boycott Riopelle's funeral held at Montreal's Immaculate Conception Church.
Gauvreau and Arbour, who co-signed le Refus global manifesto in 1948 along with Riopelle, stay away out of respect for Riopelle who held strong opinions against the church.
. Riopelle carried over his spontaneous transcription on canvas of whatever one's spirits suggested, into his life. He was known for his indulgence of food, alcohol, women and fast cars.
Program: Canada Now
Broadcast Date: March 18, 2002
Guest(s): Françoise Sullivan, Pierre Théberge
Host: Gloria Macarenko
Reporter: Anna Asimakopulos
Last updated: January 13, 2012
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