Biography

Biography

Robert Duchesnay is a multimedia artist educated in Montreal and London, England. He is mostly known for his documentary artwork concentrating on Buckminster Fuller’s architectural legacy and was instrumental in saving two outstanding Fuller structures: the Montreal Expo 67 geodesic dome and the Dymaxion Dwelling Machine (circa 1946) in Wichita, Kansas. Currently Duchesnay is working on a documentary project dedicated to the rediscovery and “saving,” in 1990–92, of Fuller’s first landmark building prototype: the Dymaxion Dwelling Machine. Working from his own archives he will reveal never before seen images from the slow gradual “peeling” (dismantling) of the structure.

Robert Duchesnay is the recipient of project and travel grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. His artwork has been exhibited in the United States and Canada and can be found both in private and public (museum) collections in North America and Europe. His photographs have been published in a variety of cultural and academic essays.

 

Education

1979–82 Studies with Bill Brandt and at the Robert Horner Studios, London (England)
1976–79 History of art, history and philosophy, Concordia University, Montreal

 

Exhibitions

2017 Montréal et le rêve géodésique / Montreal’s Geodesic Dreams, École de design de l’Université du Québec à Montréal
2013 Le Culte de Vienne 48, Le Nouveau Cinéma du Parc, Montreal
2012 Beuys-Fuller-1984, Galerie Plein Sud, Longueuil (Québec)
2005 Rituals of the Antisocial, Gallery 44, Toronto
Rituals of the Antisocial, Gallery AXENEO 7, Gatineau (Québec)
2004 Rituals of the Antisocial, Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montreal
2003 Rituals of the Antisocial, Galerie VU, Québec (Québec)
1998 Buckminster Fuller: The Architecture and the Legacy, State University of New York, Department of Technology, Oswego, NY
1997 Architectura, Ursus, Vehiculum, Galerie Vox, Montreal
1995–96 Photographs with Architectural Elements, Biosphere, B. Fuller dome, Montreal
1992 Buckminster Fuller’s “Dymaxion Dwelling Machine” (multimedia installation), Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas
1989 On Site Occupation with Large Biographical Paintings, Biosphere, B. Fuller dome, Montreal
1988 La série des pistolets, Galerie Don Stewart, Montreal
1987 Large Scale Synergetic Rubbings from the 1967 Fuller Dome, Concordia University Art Gallery, Montreal
1986 The Dome Project, Galerie P.R.I.M., Montreal
1984 Galerie Don Stewart, Montreal

Publications

The artist has published photographs in the following publications:

2017 LEE, Mark, Sharon Johnston, Sarah Hearne, and Letizia Garzoli, ed. Make New History: 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, Zurich: Lars Müller Publishers, 343 pp.
McATEE, Cammie, ed. Montréal et le rêve géodésique / Montreal’s Geodesic Dreams, Halifax: Dalhousie Architectural Press, 120 pp.
Ciel Variable, nos. 105, 106, 107.
2013 JANSER, Daniela, Thomas Seelig, and Urs Stahel, ed. Concrete: Photography and Architecture, Zurich: Fotomuseum Winterthur/Scheidegger & Spiess, 440 pp.
2012 MAYRAND, Céline. Le studio et l’anti-studio de Joseph Beuys et Buckminster Fuller: Un essai photographique de Robert Duchesnay, Longueuil (Québec): Galerie Plein Sud, 16 pp.
McLAUGHLIN, Bryne. “Joseph Beuys and Buckminster Fuller Meet in Plein Sud’s Latest Show,” Canadian Art, October 24.
2011 LAMMERT, Angela and Hubertus von Amelunxen. Kontrolle und Zufall: Iannis Xenakis, Berlin: Akademie der Künste, 76 pp.
2007 EASTHAM, Scott. American Dreamer: Bucky Fuller and the Sacred Geometry of Nature, Cambridge: The Lutterworth Press, 206 pp.
2005 CARSON, Andrea. Episode, Rituals of The Anti-social, Toronto: Gallery 44, 8 pp.
2004 GILBERT, André, ed. Autoportraits dans la photographie canadienne contemporaine, Québec: Éditions J’ai VU, “L’opposite,” 112 pp.
Society of Architectural Historians Newsletter, vol. XLVIII, no. 4, August.
2003 MAYRAND, Céline. Robert Duchesnay: Rituels de l’antisocial, Québec: VU Centre de diffusion et de production de la photographie, 8 pp.
2000 “Histoires sans paroles,” Ciel Variable, nos. 50, 51, 52 et 53.
1992 EASTHAM, Scott. Robert Duchesnay: The Dymaxion Dwelling Machine, Wichita (Kansas): Wichita Art Museum, 14 pp.
1989 “Saving the Montreal Expo Dome,” World’s Fair Magazine (Corte Madera, Calif.), December.

Collections

Air Canada, Canada Council Art Bank, The Biosphere, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Ford Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright Allen-Lambe House Museum, Wichita Art Museum