A memory to honor the great Jean Duceppe

A memoir to honor the great Jean Duceppe

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The memory and legacy of comedian Jean Duceppe, who would have turned 100 next year, is celebrated with a new MU mural installed in Le Village, Montreal. 

The unveiling of the work by Carlos Oliva, alias Hsix, took place on Tuesday in the presence of his son Gilles Duceppe, who has long been leader of the Bloc Québécois and member for Laurier–Sainte-Marie, the riding where we can admire. Gilles Duceppe is also president of the Duceppe Foundation. Amélie Duceppe, general manager of Duceppe, as well as David Laurin and Jean-Simon Traversy, co-artistic directors of Duceppe, were also present at the inauguration.

“We are proud to pay tribute to our founder, my grandfather Jean Duceppe, and to highlight through this urban work his contribution not only to Quebec theater, but also to our society,” said Amélie Duceppe.

The mural is located more precisely on the wall of a building on rue Montcalm, at the intersection of rue Robin. It is inspired by an official photo of Jean Duceppe taken in 1985 by Guy Tardif.

The work makes it possible to recognize “the actor, with his shining and mocking eyes, and his open and welcoming hands. Artist HSIX chose this photo because it allowed him to freely add three spheres to it, illustrating how Jean Duceppe juggled theatre, radio/television and politics throughout his professional career. we said in a press release.

Carried out in collaboration with the borough of Ville-Marie and the Office municipal d'habitation de Montréal (OMHM), the work recalls the great artist that Jean Duceppe was and remains and is part of the “Montreal Cultural Builders” collection.

We not only wish to highlight Jean Duceppe's career on the boards, on TV and in the cinema, 32 years after his death, but also to mark the 50th season of Duceppe.

The memory of Jean Duceppe, who left too soon, on December 7, 1990, then that he had just celebrated his 67th birthday – the previous October 25 – was also honored by Jean-Duceppe Park, located in the Shop Angus district of Montreal. His life and career were also the subject of a TV series with comedian Paul Doucet, who personified him.