There is a lot of excitement at EC Montreal! We just learned that there is an open air museum on Sherbrooke Street to celebrate Montreal’s 375th Birthday. International and local Canadian artists are on display! The street is lined with flags from over 200 countries! They will be hung all summer long!
The open air museum is organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in cooperation with the McCord Museum. The display will stretch along a one kilometer span from June 5 to October 29. The installation was created by world renowned Montreal landscape designer Claude Cormier and takes its cues from Expo 67’s futuristic style.
The open air museum features art bearing messages of peace, reflecting the universal values of humanism, tolerance and openness that inspired Expo 67.
Along the display, 42 photographs will be displayed on the front and back of 21 gigantic frames. Renowned contemporary Montreal photographers have traveled the world to capture images inspired by the Expo 67 values of openness, peace and diversity. Also on display are 29 monumental sculptures and installations from world-renowned Canadian and foreign artists from Alexander Calder to Keith Haring.
There is also a totem pole as a tribute to the First Nations children who were taken from their families and sent to religious residential schools. The totem pole is a symbol of reconciliation and commemoration.
The exhibition is a wonderful gift to Montrealers of every origin and a remarkable testament to the city’s 375th anniversary!
We will be taking our students both in the adult and Young Learner programme to visit the display!