Perpetuating the legacy of Guido Molinari


On his death, celebrated abstract minimalist painter Guido Molinari left his former combined studio and residence to the foundation bearing his name so that it could become a centre for preserving and exhibiting his work.

The artist also wanted his former studio in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district to be turned into a place to promote the work of young, emerging artists. The former bank branch has become a true cultural centre in which films have been shot and interviews granted. The Molinari Quartet, a string ensemble, was formed and held its first concerts in the building. Art critic and exhibition curator Gilles Daigneault, the foundation’s executive director, sees to showcasing and perpetuating the painter’s work.

Architecture and design agency _naturehumaine’s conversion of the space won the 2013 Ordre des architectes du Québec Award of Excellence in the interior design category. The legacy of Québec painting’s enfant terrible continues to amaze and inspire.