La république des beaux-arts : la malédiction de la momie

OCTOBER 16TH, 2018


Film in French with English subtitles. Discussion in French, whispered translation available.

As part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, Centre CLARK takes a look back at its early years, its evolution, and its future orientations. We begin this anniversary series by reflecting on the institutionalization of the arts with a screening of the art documentary La république des beaux-arts : la malédiction de la momie by Claude Laflamme, and also marking the 50th anniversary of the student occupation of the École des Beaux-Arts. Produced in 1998, the film won the Telefilm Canada Prize for Best Canadian Film at the 16th Festival International du Film sur l’Art de Montréal.
For five weeks in October 1968, students occupied the École des Beaux-Arts, provoking a fundamental debate on the role of art and the artist in society, expelling all faculty and administrative staff, and proposing an alternative model based on self-management. At the end of the occupation, the École des Beaux-Arts’ mummy, a symbol of academia and the old guard, was ransacked by a former occupier and became an emblem of the burgeoning revolution that had galvanized the students. This 75-minute film is composed of fascinating archival images, follow-up interviews, and animations inspired by the events.
The screening will be accompanied by director Claude Laflamme and followed by a discussion moderated by Pascale Brunet, with Ronald Richard, chef des occupants (head occupier), René Zabulon Dostie, chef des tous-nus (head of the nudes) during the occupation, and Clôde de Guise, occupant (occupier). Through this conversation, CLARK hopes to open a dialogue around the legacy of occupation as protest, the institutionalization of the arts, artists’ social engagement, and the contextual and historical differences between the 1960s and what we are experiencing today.
Beginning at 5 p.m., the public is invited to consult archival documents of the event in CLARK’s Salle 1. Beer, wine, and light refreshments will be served.
Pascale Brunet is a community organizer and a social knitter and tinkerer. She is passionate about the relationship between art and social movements, and social justice.
Ronald Richard was born 1943 and is a Montrealer through and through. He holds degrees in pedagogy, education, fine arts and literature. As a sculptor, he worked for a dozen years in the Beauce region and was an active member of 3e Impérial in Granby for a decade.
René Zabulon Dostie was the designated “Chef des tous nus” during the October 1968 occupation. Since childhood, Zabulon has always prioritized learning about art. Zabulon is an artist. "Art is life" and he affirms that "we are all god when we art."
A committed environmentalist with a passion for social justice, Clôde De Guise is currently studying Buddhism. She has a degree in art history and a Master’s degree in urbanism. In addition to her nine years spent working for Greenpeace in the 2000s, De Guise was a reporter, photographer, radio host, librarian, cultural commentator and teacher. She now travels and works as a tourist guide in Kenya, Nepal, India, Mauritania and Tanzania.
Claude Laflamme has worked in the Quebec film industry since the 1970s, primarily as a documentary producer. He is best known for Splash (1981), État 1 (1984) and La République des Beaux-Arts (1998). Splash was listed among the top 200 Quebec films by 24 images magazine (Spring 2012).

translation : Jo-Anne Balcaen