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Art Souterrain Festival, in Montreal : « Play and Distraction »

From March 4 through 26, 2017, Art Souterrain presents the 9th edition of its eponymous contemporary art festival, under the theme Play and Distraction.

As a unique contemporary art festival in North America, Art Souterrain aims to make art accessible to a wider audience by taking it out of it’s traditional exhibition spaces.

« Contemporary art is per­ceived by many as an elitist discipline, though it is very much of our time. By presen­ting societal themes, we aim to show that the visual arts are in fact a space for expression and reflection that is acces­sible to all. Our 9th edition is titled Jeu et Diversion (Play & Distraction) and offers a criti­cal look at the mechanisms of entertainment, leisure, sports and gambling. We accom­pany the public in numerous ways: Each weekend you will have an opportunity to meet seasoned ambasadors who can shed light on the works on display; a free audioguide provides commentary; and guided tours round out the in­terpretative offerings. »


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ART SOUTERRAIN 2017: PROGRAMMING, MARCH 4 TO 26

  • 4 exhibition curators: Frédéric Loury, senior curator and executive director of Art Souterrain, the duo of Patrick Bérubé and Chloé Grondeau, and Marie-Charlotte Carrier.
  • 67 artists and collectives hailing from Germany, England, Austria, Belgium, Canada, South Korea, the United States, Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Senegal, Switzerland and Taiwan.
  • 58 projects: Installations, sculptures, performances, photographs, interactive videos with audio.
  • Exhibition trail covering six kilometres, in nine buildings of Montreal's underground network, with floor signage directing pedestrians to the works: Central Station, 1000 de la Gauchetière, Place Bonaventure (only during the Nuit blanche event), Place de la Cité internationale-OACI, Place Victoria, World Trade Centre Montréal, Édifice Jacques-Parizeau, the Palais des congrès, and Guy-Favreau Complex.
  • Exhibition trail in seven satellite venues in Montreal: Arsenal Contemporary Art, Centre d'exposition de l'Université de Montréal, Dawson College Art Gallery, ELLEPHANT, Espace d’exposition Ubisoft, Never Apart, and OBORO.
  • Explanatory cartels next to each work, with description and artistic approach.
  • Audioguide (in French) available free of charge in each building (except Place Bonaventure and Place de la Cité internationale), at terminals along the trail, and on Art Souterrain's Web site, enabling visitors to enhance their discovery experience and to hear each artist expound on the theme Play and Distraction.
  • Focus (new this year): commented visits each Tuesday and Wednesday by a guest artist or a curator (ticket reservation: artsouterrain.com).
  • Vivement midi (new this year): Monday to Friday, starting at noon, five buildings within the network of the underground trail will host, in turn, a performance by an artist from the programming line-up.
  • Public meetings with ambassadors and artists of the underground trail to discuss the works on display, weekends from noon to 6 p.m., in three buildings.
  • Guided visits of the East or West trail (Saturdays in English, Sundays in French, leaving at 2 p.m. $5).
  • Educational visits are available for schools


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ART SOUTERRAIN
2020 Rue William
Montréal, QC H3J 1R8
438-385-1955
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