Qubec in Design opens next week at the Design Exchange

This exhibition at the Design Exchange in Toronto presents 75 years of work from the collection of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

The outcome of 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, this project 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.


The exhibition opening takes place at 6:00pm on June 29, 2009, and runs until October 4, 2009. The show is on display in the third-floor exhibit hall of the Design Exchange.


The exhibition will also run at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in Québec City from November 12, 2009 to April 18, 2010.