Dominique Blain

  • Composer
  • Artist


Dominique Blain works and lives in Montréal. She has exhibited in many North America and European cities as well as in Australia (Sydney Biennale in 1992). She as been the subject of three major respective exhibitions: Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 2004 (with a tour to the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina and to the Nickle Art Gallery in Calgary); at the Musée national des beaux-arts de Québec in 1998 (with a tour to the Ansel Adams Center in San Francisco and to la Sala 1 in Rome); in 1997 and 1998, the Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Art in Bristol organized an exhibition of her work in five British cities: Belfast, London, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Cambridge. Many museums have shown her work: Portland Museum of Art, Contemporary arts Museum Houston, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Kunstverein de Francfort; Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen; at the Musée de l’Europe in Brussels as well as the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. In the province of Quebec, she has, among other things, participated in three editions of Les cents jours d’art contemporain and has shown her works at La Galerie de l’UQAM, at La Galerie de l’Université de Sherbrooke, at the Musée régional de Rimouski and the Musée d’art de Joliette.

Dominique Blain has created many public works in the province, notably: Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Montréal (2011); Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Pavillon Bourgie (2011); the new concert hall for the Montréal Symphony Orchestra (2011); Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, Montréal (2010); Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur, Montréal (2009); Jewish General Hospital, Montréal (2008); Jardins de Métis (2007); Quartier International de Montréal (2006); Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Montréal (2005); École Sinclair-Laird, Montréal (2000); Maison des écrivains, Montréal (1991); as well as the CBC National Headquarters in Toronto (1994). She received the Paul-Émile-Borduas prize in 2014. In 2016, she created her first stage design for Chants Libres’ socio-political opera The Trials of Patricia Isasa, by Kristin Norderval and Naomi Wallace.



  • Opera on childhood and war
    • Music: Zad Moultaka
    • Libretto: Larry Tremblay
    • Stage direction: Pauline Vaillancourt
  • Opera for 6 soloists and a chorus — 7 musicians and tape
    • Music: Kristin Norderval
    • Libretto: Naomi Wallace
    • Stage direction: Pauline Vaillancourt
    Montréal • New York City
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