In June 2017, Dutch artist Denise Buisman Pilger packed up her studio in Montréal and moved to Nagoya, Japan where she is studying Japanese techniques and materials. In March the artist and some of her newest works, will travel to Montréal for a solo exhibition at the Beaconsfield Library, 303 Boulevard Beaconsfield, Beaconsfield. The works in this exhibition, titled ‘Départ - Arrivée’, feature a variety of countries from around the world. The exhibition runs from March 5-29, with the Vernissage on Thursday, March 14 from 7 to 8:30 pm.

“After almost a year and a half in Japan I am excited to have the opportunity to visit Montréal and share some of my newest Japan-inspired works with everyone at the Beaconsfield Library,” says Buisman Pilger in her press release. “I have had the opportunity to immerse myself in Japanese culture and try my hands at many different Japanese techniques and materials, this unique, beautiful and quirky country has been extremely inspiring and its influences are slowly making its way into my art.”

‘Départ - Arrivée’ was the initiative of Beaconsfield Library and is organized in collaboration with Viva Vida Art Gallery — located on 278 Lakeshore Road in the Pointe Claire Village — which has been representing Buisman Pilger in the province of Quebec since 2010. The artist continues to be inspired by the urban landscape and the people that populate it, Her frequent travels give her the opportunity to explore the similarities and differences of human society around the world.

“We are very excited to present this special solo exhibition together with the Beaconsfield Library,” adds gallery director Nedia El Khouri. “We have been waiting to see how Buiman Pilger’s work has evolved during her time in Japan. The influence of a new culture is most apparent in her newest body of work ‘World on Washi’, which is a clear departure, obviously inspired by Japanese materials, subject matter and their minimalist esthetic. We are very happy to invite everyone to come meet the artist in person at the Vernissage. PIlger will only be in Montréal for a few days, so don’t miss the opportunity.”

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Buisman Pilger has a Bachelor’s degree in Illustration from the Willem de Kooning Academy of Arts in Rotterdam. She has proudly exhibited her work at the 2011 Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, the Artist Project and the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and last year she was the first foreign artist to receive the Foreign Minister Award at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art in Toyota, Japan. Her work can be found in galleries in Montréal and Toronto.

“I feel incredibly lucky to have this amazing opportunity to once again share my works with the wonderful people of Montréal — I have truly missed this city,” says Buisman Pilger. “I really hope everyone will join us for the Vernissage at the Beaconsfield Library on Thursday, March 14 from 7 - 8:30 pm so I can share with you a little bit of the beauty that our urban world has to offer.”

  • Départ - Arrivée, works by Denise Buisman Pilger.
  • Beaconsfield Library, 303 Boulevard Beaconsfield, Beaconsfield
  • March 5 to 29, 2019
  • Mon. to Fri. from 10 am to 9 pm; Sat. from 10 am to 5 pm; Sun. from 1 to 5 pm (open to the public)
  • Vernissage: Thursday, March 14 from 7 to 8:30 pm (open to the public)
  • For more information, call 514-694-1110 or visit

—Viva Vida Art Gallery




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