Clémence DesRochers



The touring exhibition Clémence: De la factrie au musée has been created by the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke and is touring throughout the year 2020.

The retrospective exhibition Clémence: De la factrie au musée highlights, through the presentation of drawings, poems, archival documents and personal accounts, the sixty-year career of a grande dame. It pays tribute to an exceptional multidisciplinary artist whose work, personality and involvement in society have revolutionized and left their mark on Quebec’s cultural and social life.

Daughter of the poet Alfred DesRochers and of Rose-Alma Brault, Clémence DesRochers was born in Sherbrooke in 1933. An avant-gardist in many respects, she began her career in the late1950s. Her infectious humour, overflowing energy and creativity enabled her to blaze a trail in the entertainment world. Acting initially in comedy, she literally invented her craft by developing her own poetic universe. Known as a monologist, poet, singer, actress, broadcaster and visual artist, the woman people simply and affectionately call Clémence conquered the public’s heart. Her writings, songs and visual art, which adopt a confidential tone, recount the joys and sorrows of ordinary people at the same time as they take a lucid look at the quirks of Quebec society.