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Automatiste movement celebrates 50 years

The Story

Fifty years after Refus global is first published, a big celebration is planned in Quebec. Events include special publications, seminars, exhibitions and discussions about the manifesto. Canada Post even releases a series of stamps commemorating the works of the artists who signed Refus global. In this clip art critic Henry Lehman looks at the Refus global exhibition at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. Lehman says the manifesto of the Automatistes is universally recognized as one of the most important artistic and social documents in Quebec society in the past 50 years.

Medium: Television
Program: Newswatch
Broadcast Date: May 12, 1998
Guest: Henry Lehman
Reporter: Anna Asimakopulos
Duration: 0:47

Did You know?

• Refus global was reprinted in 1960 in La revue socialiste pour un Québec indépendant.
• Refus global has been adopted by the Quebec independence movement. But Paul-Emile Borduas once wrote that he hated all nationalism. The document, says Pierre Gauvreau (one of Refus global's signatories), was never meant to be a nationalist manifesto.


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