PASSAGES INSOLITES 8th edition
The City of Quebec presents the 8th edition of PASSAGES INSOLITES, produced by EXMURO under the artistic direction of Vincent Roy until October 11, 2021.
More than 20 works by artists from Quebec and around the world have been adorning the city with ephemeral installations to unexpected encounters. PASSAGES INSOLITES is open and accessible to all, and the art walk is a safe activity that’s ideal for the whole family
From Petit Champlain and Place Royale, through the Old Port, and on to Saint-Roch and Saint-Sauveur, a yellow line painted on the road will guide visitors along the 5 km circuit of singular artworks. Intrigue, surprise, unexpected joys, and moments of poetry are the order of the day, as visitors enjoy 21 works that will make you see with fresh eyes. Artists and collectives have risen to the challenge with creativity, humour, and audacity, to make art take over the city and create a space of perpetual enchantment.
Exclusive to this year’s edition, works of public art will showcase Quebec City heritage buildings:
- King of the Mountain, by Charles-Étienne Brochu, presented in front of the Quebec Parliament Building.
- ARENA by Benoît Maubrey, presented outdoors on the grounds of the Grand Théâtre de Québec.
- Through the Walls by Collectif Tel quel, winner of the student competition held through our first collaboration with the Maison des métiers d’art de Québec, presented at the Citadelle of Quebec.
In another collaboration, historian José Doré has partnered with two collectives of emerging artists to provide detailed historical explanations of their exciting works:
- Last Stop, by Collectif du Tropique, winner of the student competition organized in collaboration with the Art School of Université Laval, is a sculptural installation featuring reproductions of commercial signage that once enlivened the streets of the Saint-Roch district.
- Delirious Québec, by the collective of the same name, winner of the student competition held in collaboration with the Université Laval architecture students’ association, is an architectural flight of fancy that reproduces and recombines many of Quebec City’s landmark buildings.
The Espace 400e building designed for Quebec City’s 400th anniversary will welcome the Museum of Bad Art (MOBA), on tour from its Boston home for a first visit to Quebec City. For a single summer, the building will be transformed into an ephemeral museum housing a unique collection of the very best bad art in the world, work simply “too bad to be ignored.”
International artists at PASSAGES INSOLITES this year:
- Benedetto Bufalino (France): The Lawn Cars, in Petit-Champlain.
- Benoît Maubrey (Germany): ARENA, an interactive sound work, part of the Grand Théâtre de Québec 50th anniversary programming.
- Nicole Banowetz (USA): An Adaptive Moment in Bassin Louise.
- Mark Jenkins (USA): Untitled, characters scattered around the city.
PASSAGES INSOLITES is focusing on women artists through its first-ever partnership with the OpenArt biennial of Örebro, Sweden, which has brought work by three Swedish collectives and artists: STYRELSEN FOR STÖR KONST, Ulrika Sparre, and Susanna Hesselberg. In 2022, three Quebec artists will complete the exchange by exhibiting at OpenArt.
EXMURO arts publics has also begun circulating works from PASSAGES INSOLITES to other cities in Quebec, and around the world as a means of promoting its artists, achievements, and expertise designing and presenting temporary public artworks. This year alone, Longueuil, Trois-Rivières, Terrebonne, Montreal, and Gatineau (as part of its Sentier Culturel initiative) are hosting works initially conceived and presented in Quebec City for PASSAGES INSOLITES.