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Exhibition on Papineau Gérin-Lajoie LeBlanc opens in Montreal


November 7, 2015
by Elsa Lam

Station Peel in Montreal by Papineau Gérin-Lajoie Le Blanc

Station Peel in Montreal by Papineau Gérin-Lajoie Le Blanc

In 1958, three young architects—Louis-Joseph Papineau, Guy Gérin-Lajoie and Michel Le Blanc—joined forces to establish Papineau, Gérin-Lajoie, Le Blanc, architectes (PGL). The firm would create some of the most technically innovative, visually memorable and symbolically charged buildings in Québec’s modern architectural movement.

The public is invited to discover these buildings in the exhibit titled Papineau, Gérin-Lajoie, Le Blanc: Une architecture du Québec moderne, 1958-1974, opening November 12 at the UQAM Centre de Design.

Through an examination of nine exemplary projects designed between 1958 and 1974, this exhibition explores the firm’s work that was instrumental in creating their personal architectural language. Well-known to architects, but far less so to the general public, PGL embodied a modern architectural didactic and produced an outstanding body of public facilities, exhibiting typological, formal and constructive innovation.

The exhibition focuses particularly on the work of the firm’s chief designer, Louis-Joseph Papineau. It examines architectural practice as a research process, with its deviations and successes, and presents the firm’s most significant projects conceived during the Quiet Revolution.

This exhibition received financial assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ordre des Architectes du Québec. The research for this project was made possible through the support of the Laboratoire d’étude de l’architecture potentielle [LEAP] of the Université de Montréal, the UQAM Institut du patrimoine, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

Dates: November 12, 2015 to January 17, 2016 (closed December 14 to January 5)
Vernissage: Wednesday, November 11 at 6 p.m.
Study day: January 15, 2016, room DE-4580
Curators: Réjean Legault and Carlo Carbone, professors, UQAM School of Design, and Louis Martin, professor, UQAM Department of Art History

Address and opening hours:
UQAM Centre de Design
1440 Sanguinet (corner of Sainte-Catherine East)
Montreal (Berri-UQAM metro)
Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Free admission