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“Hommage à Léo Rosshandler”

A scholar, art critic, artist and museologist who initiated the emergence of naive art in Québec

Having organized in 1972 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the first major exhibition devoted to the art of Arthur Villeneuve and, a few years later, a traveling exhibition of the works of Ernest Gendron, Léo Rosshandler paved the way for the recognition of naive art in Québec. For this reason, the Musée international d’art naïf de Magog owes him a debt of gratitude and wishes to pay him a well-deserved tribute.

A%20la%20une Inter homines, acrylic on canvas, 2013 + ou – moi, acrylic on canvas, 2004

As part of this exhibition, some twenty works are presented, highlighting Léo Rosshandler's passion for the visual arts, along with his fondness for resolutely naïve expression.

This exhibition will remain accessible at the Museum until May 29, 2022, in compliance with the government’s pandemic guidelines.

Also available online !

A Second Year of Coronavirus, where I live

For a second year in a row, as the pandemic remains a global threat, the Museum has invited naive artists to provide insight on the situation that prevails in their part of the world. Some speak of solidarity and adaptation, other of the losses suffered, while still others talk of vaccines and dreams of better days. Once again, we let their works tell us more. Stay on this site and browse through the virtual exhibition below.

To see the works included in the previous year’s virtual exhibition, click Here


Friends of Naive Art, you have landed at the right place. Whether a professional artist, a Sunday painter, a collector, a gallery operator, a researcher, an educator, a student or passerby, there is something new to stir your curiosity. A wind of another kind is blowing from the paintings of our featured artists. You will be hard pressed to discover how everyday life can become a philosophical quest.

The Collection

Around 850 art works, more than 300 artists, 34 countries, 5 continents! Is there some serious thinking in this naive form of expression? Playfulness can rightly be expected, but subtle questioning of an era or society? Are there strange relationships to your own concerns and whereabouts? Dreams, empathy, desire to better the world and this strong urge to travel into foreign lands and minds are all there, ready to challenge you, as seen in this animation showcasing the permanent Exhibition or our permanent collection .

Come visit us!

While you can have a lot of fun exploring and personalizing the virtual Collection on this web site, to decipher the unusual and connect it with your personal mindscape, you must come face to face with our astonishing array of visual experiments at the Museum itself.

Meet the artists on Facebook!

Visit (+ LIKE!) our dynamic Facebook page to chat with friends, artists, Gallery operators, amateurs and promoters of naive art. 3000+ LIKEs! Works by artists from all over the world, from our collection or suggested discoveries, comments published and discussed. Not-to-be-missed special events are also announced. A friendly virtual Gallery where each one can speak her mind in her own language.

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