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Downtown Developers: Galerie René Blouin

rene blouin

Downtown Developers: Galerie René Blouin

The most exciting art scene in the country right now may well be Montreal. It’s a reputation fuelled in no small part by the work of art dealer René Blouin. For more than 25 years, Blouin has been a cornerstone of the city’s commercial-gallery circuit. From his first gallery, which opened in 1986 and led a wave of art spaces in the Belgo Building on Ste-Catherine Street, to his recent sojourn at Arsenal in Montreal’s west end, Blouin has had a deft knack for pinpointing the pulse of contemporary art in the city. And he has the gallery roster to prove it, mixing blue-chip senior artists like Geneviève Cadieux and Pierre Dorion with up-and-comers like Pascal Grandmaison, Anthony Burnham, Patrick Coutu and Marie-Claire Blais, to name just a few.

This spring, Blouin launched his latest gallery, a sprawling street-level industrial space tucked off the beaten track in the Cité du Multimédia district in Old Montreal. With nearly 6,000 square feet of exhibition space divided into three rooms, not to mention a massive storage area and loading dock, the King Street space doubles both of Blouin’s previous locations. It’s a neighbourhood with good company, too: Fonderie Darling and DHC/ART Fondation pour l’art contemporain are just minutes away.

“I was totally seduced and frightened,” recalls Blouin, on first seeing the space last September. “Seduced by the location, the building, the potential of the space. Frightened by how big it is.”

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