Exhibitions and events

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L'homme qui plantait des arbres
(The Man Who Planted Trees)

Sapporo Art Museum
March 17 to May 27, 2012

Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum
July 14 to September 17, 2012

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MOT)
July 2 to October 2, 2011

Featuring over 1,000 drawings, illustrations and animations, the grandiose, imaginative display is the most comprehensive exhibition devoted so far to the works of Frédéric Back. The guest of honour at the ceremony, Frédéric Back, said that he was moved to see the story of his life told by the exhibition.

The 87-year-old artist said that he had wanted to visit Japan to honour the courage of the Japanese people. He hoped that the exhibition would pass on a message of hope for efforts to rebuild Japan in the image of “The Man Who Planted Trees,” the title character of one of his Oscar-winning animations.

Several hundred people, including dozens of journalists, attended the opening. Very few Québec or Canadian artists have been honoured by an exhibition of this scope in Japan. The project required over two years of preparation by the organizers, Nippon TV, MOT and their prime collaborator, Studio Ghibli and Atelier Frédéric Back.




Québec’s Delegate General in Tokyo, Claude-Yves Charron, attended the opening of an exhibition of works by Frédéric Back at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MOT).
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Speech of Süzel Back-Drapeau, the daughter of Frederick, at the inauguration of the exhibition on 1 July 2011.
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Speech of of Frederick at the inauguration of the exhibition on 1 July 2011.
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Official opening of the exhibition.

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Official opening of the exhibition.

Official opening of the exhibition.

Frédéric with Isao Takahata, from Studio Ghibli, and Noritada Hosokawa, from Nippon TV.

Keiko Takeshita, famous actress, Toshio Suzuki, from Studio Ghibli, M. Takahashi, president of KDDI, and M. Nakano, president of EPSON.

Speech of Süzel Back-Drapeau, the daughter of Frederick, at the inauguration of the exhibition on 1 July 2011.

Québec’s Delegate General in Tokyo,
Claude-Yves Charron.

Speech of of Frederick at the inauguration of the exhibition on 1 July 2011.

Speech of of Frederick at the inauguration of the exhibition on 1 July 2011.

Official opening of the exhibition.

Official opening of the exhibition.

Official opening of the exhibition.

Official opening of the exhibition.

Official opening of the exhibition.

Reception after the inauguration.

Frédéric with Kenzo Ochiai-Galand.

Entrance to the exhibition.

Entrance to the exhibition.

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Workshop

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Frédéric with Saito San and his team.

June 30, the first visit to the exhibition by Frederic.

L'ébéniste Inamoto San et Frédéric inaugurant les deux chaises berçantes de Crac! fabriquées pour l'exposition.

June 30, the first visit to the exhibition by Frederic.

Frédéric with Masuda San, curator of the exhibition.

Interview with Catherine Marchand
from Radio-Canada.

Frédéric with (from the upper left corner):
Ochiai san, Ishizu san, Noguchi san, Tanaka san, Kimi Amano san,
Süzel Back-Drapeau, Nakamura san, Claude-Yves Charron and Osawa san.

Toshi Konishi, longtime friend of Frederick and Dr. Marquis Fortin Frédéric who accompanied on his trip to Japan.

Takahata San filling in the second eye of the Daruma dedicated to the exhibition project.

Takahata San filling in the second eye of the Daruma dedicated to the exhibition project.

Museum Shop

Museum Shop

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Museum Shop

Museum Shop

Museum Shop

Announcement of the exhibition in Tokyo.

Announcement of the exhibition in Tokyo.

Announcement of the exhibition in Tokyo.

The team in September, 2010 (from the upper left corner):
Saito san, Tanaka san, Sekiya san, Ishizu San, Nishimura san, Miyoshi san, Aoki san, Moto san, Ochiai san, Imaizumi san
Ochiai-Régnier san, Süzel Back-Drapeau, Frédéric Back, Masuda san, Noguchi san and Nakamura san