(1933-2004), a painter, poet, sculptor and theoretician, left behind an imposing body of works, an exceptional contribution to Canadian contemporary art. This profile, undertaken sixteen months before his death, explores his life and works, and in particular his public and private activities over the course of 2003. With his close friend Roald Nasgaard
, a professor at Florida State University, Molinari discusses the works of Mallarmé and Mondrian, two major influences on his painting.
While presenting his pivotal works, he also touches on various concepts that underlie his artistic approach, as well as the evolution of abstraction and the theoretical debates of his youth. Reflecting his fondness for music, the artist organized an event with the Quatuor Molinari in March of 2003 to celebrate the birthday of his friend, composer Murray Schafer. In the Laurentians, where he loved to take refuge, he takes us through his silk-screening studio. This posthumous portrait is interspersed with comments from various members of the art world, including art historian François-Marc Gagnon, National Gallery of Canada director Pierre Théberge, and the artist's wife, historian and theoretician Fernande Saint-Martin.