The Design Exchange has announced an exhibition of Québec Design – the first collaborative effort by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Centre de design de l’Université du Québec à Montréal. The exhibition is curated by Paul Bourassa and Mark H. Choko and runs June 30 to October 4.
This exhibition has two purposes. The first is to provide an overview of the history of design in Québec, from the interior decorators of the 1930s and the entrenchment of design in the aftermath of World War II to the period of effervescence surrounding Expo ’67 in Montréal. The second, to which more than half the exhibition is dedicated, is to examine the contemporary period in design, sequenced to enable exploration of design landscapes from the late 1970s to the present. To date, no other large-scale exhibition has delved into the different forms of Québec design and, by extension, its place in Québec society. The exhibition will present original objects and documents as well as photographs, and sound and film clips documenting the ephemeral work.