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Visual Art: January 2013 Archives

Public art committee stirs debate over moving Calder statue

calder.jpgAlexandre Taillefer made his money as a technology entrepreneur, but these days he spends much of his time working in the Montreal art scene.

Taillerfer was recently named president of the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, and he's also the head of a committee on public art for the City of Montreal.

His stated goal is to create 10 pieces of public art in 10 years. He's just getting started, but his first pet project is causing a stir.

Taillerfer wants to move the massive sculpture "L'Homme" by Alexandre Calder from Ile Ste-Hélène to somewhere on the Island of Montreal where it can be seen by more people.

"It's really like having a fantastic Picasso or a fantastic Riopelle in your basement," says Taillefer. "It doesn't make sense."

Taillefer is backed by a committee of heavyweights including Nathalie Bondil of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts,  Paulette Gagnon of the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art and Louise Déry Galerie de l'UQAM.  

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