Archives, 2021, In situ interventions presented at the Musée d’art de Joliette

While inviting the Musée d’art de Joliette’s employees to take a closer look at the museum’s collection for the exhibition Encounters, Chloé Desjardins set her sights on the building as an architectural work in itself. The architectural envelope that protects the collection as a whole also ensures the institution can fulfill its mandate of conserving and presenting the art of the past and the present. We have Father Wilfred Corbeil, c.s.v., to thank for the first building, inaugurated in 1976, whose original structure still exists today. Inspired by the work of Le Corbusier and traditional church architecture, with its pulpit and high nave, Corbeil created a model that led to the construction of the Musée d’art de Joliette. The building was renovated in 1985 and in 1992, transforming and adapting its spaces to better meet the new needs of the institution. Following another major renovation that lasted nearly two years, the current incarnation of the MAJ re-opened in 2015, and is a manifestation of its openness and desire to be a lively and welcoming place that is an integral part of its community. A structure that evokes the pulpit that was once built into the staircase and markings made by Desjardins on each floor draw attention to the building’s history and the modifications that have been brought to it over time.

Anne-Marie St-Jean Aubre, Curator of Contemporary Art

Translation: Jo-Anne Balcaen and Käthe Roth

Photo credits: Maxime Brouillet and Paul Litherland