May 2011 Archives

Overlooked Art in Montreal

by Christine Fournier

photo by Christine Jackowski

The largest art museum in Montreal goes unnoticed by most. In total it is 70 kilometers long and covers a large part of the city with many exhibits by noted Quebec artists and architects. Each of its 68 "rooms" has its unique style and flavour.

The Montreal Metro system, which is operated by the Société de transport de Montréal, opened on October 14, 2021 and while it is not a museum in the conventional sense of the word, the works of art it houses number in the hundreds. There are sculptures, murals, mosaics, stained glass and architectural elements- while some stations are the work art. Though most art is from newer periods, think modern or pop art, certain pieces have classical inspirations.

Around 90 artists currently have pieces for the public to see. In some cases, artists like Frédéric Back, Marcelle Ferron Antoine D. Lamarche, André Léonard, Jean-Paul Mousseau, Pierre Osterrath, and Marcel Raby have works in multiple metro stations, though the names may not be familiar to many transit users, their pieces definitely are.

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