Canadian Centre for Architecture launches its third exhibition in a series on Montreal entitled The 60s: Montral Thinks Big

During the 1960s, the massive scale of the changes that transformed Montreal made it an archetype of the great metropolises of the Western world. As host of Expo 67, Montreal asserted itself on the international scene as a city of the future. Between 20 October 2004 and 11 September 2005, the CCA’s exhibition The 60s: Montral Thinks Big will illustrate the processes that brought about these spectacular changes that were recognized all over the world.

The 60s: Montral Thinks Big is the third exhibition presented by the CCA to draw public attention to formative periods in the history of this city. The first was Opening the Gates of Eighteenth-Century Montral, mounted in 1992, and the second was Montral Metropolis, 1880-1930, mounted in 1998. Original models, photographs, press documents, film, video, and advertising from the period describe the many urban projects and architectural interventions that swept through the city and defined its material form.

The current exhibition will illustrate the period of tremendous growth by the city in a period that was characterized by such large-scale projects as Expo 67, Place Bonaventure, and the Mtro. Occurring during a period of urban renewal, these projects attracted much international interest while many Montrealers demonstrated against the massive demolitions that these projects caused.

The 1960s defined a major period of growth for Quebec, and the rest of Canada. During this period, Montreal became a city that was a model for innovation and growth in large-scale urban redevelopment. Skyscrapers and large complexes brought the need for new infrastructure such as superhighways, bridges and tunnels. The new subway system made possible the development of a unique network of underground shopping beneath the city’s core.

Parallel to the main exhibition, Site Specific_Montral 04: Photographs by Olivo Barbieri will be presented in the CCA’s Octagonal Gallery. This exhibition comprises photographs commissioned by the CCA during the Summer of 2004, taken by helicopter, to show major projects of the city today.