The Palais attracts nearly 850,000 visitors annually, and its shopping mall is passed through 13,000 times a day, making it a perfect venue for putting the talent of our local artists on display.
As part of Les Printemps du Palais, a 100% local lineup of art- and design-driven experiences put together in collaboration with MASSIVart, the convention centre is giving Montréalers and international visitors unique access to the works of local creatives. As a bonus, this large-scale initiative will also help beautify our public spaces.
RAYON – An impressive log structure
The brainchild of design workshop EN TEMPS ET LIEU, and adorning the street corner of Viger west and Saint-Urbain, this immense illuminated structure built with logs recalls the long winters we know so well and the promise that warmer spring weather inevitably follows. The materials used are going to be repurposed once the exhibition is over – a worthy green deed.
The Galeries du Palais Bear – Recycled cardboard art
If you enter the Palais from the Place-d’Armes metro station, you’ll be greeted by the Galeries du Palais Bear, setting the tone for the rest of the lineup we have in store for you. Crafted by artist Laurence Vallières from recycled cardboard, this animal sculpture evocative of the province’s wildlife will no doubt capture the imagination of young and old alike.
Maple Syrup Cans – An ode to sugaring off season
Place Riopelle Hall is where you’ll find the display of massive maple syrup cans created by Montréal artist Whatisadam, aka WIA. Set up at the edge of Claude Cormier’s Lipstick Forest permanent installation, these iconic symbols of Québec culture are here just in time for sugaring off season!
Art Souterrain: The festival is extended at the Palais
And finally, the popular Montréal underground art festival will be enjoying an extended run at the Palais. Which means the public will have the chance to enjoy a range of works, including Stéphanie Morissette’s Volière, Justin Langlois’ Decisions, decisions, Francisco de la Barra’s Musée de carton, and Philippe Ramette’s Prothèses-sculptures.
The Palais des congrès will double as a bona fide art gallery during Les Printemps du Palais, and in the process also put on display its new vision: advocating for Montréal creativity and creating unforgettable experiences.
Check out the complete lineup of Les Printemps du Palais !