The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents a poetic installation by the Escargo Collective

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is presenting Voiliers, a creation from the Escargo Collective, which adorns the Museum’s avenue to welcome walkers all summer.

Collectif Escargo (formé en 2015), Voiliers, 2020, bacs de plantation et bancs de contreplaqué peint, peinture acrylique au sol, plantes (verveine de Buenos Aires, ciboulette, gomphrena, sauge farineuse). Photo © Denis Farley

The collective, formed by Julie Parenteau, Karyna St-Pierre and Pierre-Yves Diehl, was given the task to re-enchant this public space located in the heart of the Square Mile golden.

This ephemeral installation is a relaxation area that borders the MMFA’s Sculpture Garden while echoing the Paris in the Days of Post-Impressionism: Signac and the Indépendants exhibiton.

Every year since 2013, the MMFA calls for a Montreal designer to design an artistic installation for Museum Avenue, a portion of which north of Sherbrooke Street West is closed to traffic during the summer.

Voiliers pays homage to post-impressionist painters with its chromatic touches juxtaposed on the ground and the shimmer of the sea, which is often present in the paintings of Paul Signac (1863-1935).

The painted space is crossed by a linear garden composed of flowers chosen for their colourful buds. The plant composition sketches dancing reflections and reflects the painting on the ground.

Among the plants are plaques bearing the name and messages of donors to the 2019-2020 annual campaign of the MMFA Foundation. These plaques are reminiscent of a superposition of pastel colours, like the pictorial practice developed by the post-impressionists at the turn of the 19th and twentieth centuries.

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