Palais des congrès de Montréal and MASSIVart are joining forces once again for the Palais Seasons, a series of art installation projects inviting Montrealers to rediscover their convention centre. The new initiative will get started in the month of love, with many bold ideas to be implemented throughout the year to bring a creative buzz to the downtown venue.
This ongoing project is building on Les Printemps du Palais, which featured a variety of creations by local artists and artisans. Highlights of the spring 2019 event included public pianos, collaborative workspaces, ping-pong tables, and self-service libraries. The Palais Seasons is being introduced in an effort to keep this excitement going throughout the year. MASSIVart has put together an outstanding program that will once again showcase Montréal ingenuity.
Spotlight on Michel de Broin
The highlight of the program is without a doubt Thresholds by internationally renowned Montréal artist Michel de Broin. Comprising a series of Montréal subway car doors, the art installation forms a path for people to follow. The experience recalls the digestive tract’s ingestion process—the installation breathes and swells to the rhythm of the traffic passing through it, creating a contrast between mechanical structure and organic movement. The work repurposes the door-opening components of the city’s original subway cars, first introduced for the Expo 67 world fair. Recently replaced by newer models, the now obsolete MR-63 subway cars have become an iconic part of Montréal’s public transit history. Thresholds will give Palais visitors from all over the world a glimpse into that past.
Themes and installations will change as time goes on to reflect current events. For the launch period, we are celebrating the month of love. Visitors are invited to take a break at the new romance lounge and watch romantic movies selected by the NFB. In exchange for a voluntary donation to the Old Brewery Mission, visitors can also write loves wishes on a ribbon and hang them on a communal arch.
These new additions complement our existing winter lineup:
An enhanced partnership with Art Souterrain
Palais des congrès’ annual participation in the Art Souterrain festival, which runs from February 29 to March 22, will also bring in many new creations. As part of the Palais Seasons, three such works have been specially commissioned for the Palais for an extended period:
A home for the next generation of artists
This program was launched at the same time as art students from Université du Québec à Montréal set up shop in Palais des congrès’ commercial mall. Areas have been converted into art studios so emerging artists can create and showcase their work before curious onlookers.
See the installations at congresmtl.com/en/seasons.
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