The redesigning of the Galleries of the Decorative Arts
and Design sets quite unusual guidelines, our agency
is rather used to temporary exhibitions and to stimulating
constraints (of space, deadline...). But the perpetuity of
a Fine Arts Museum, that’s an offer you can’t refuse!
In Montreal, the constraint is elsewhere, and we are given
the one which is common in rich collections displayed
on three levels. Staircases in an exhibition are a major
impediment to fluidity and progression of the path.
But rather than adopt a passive response to those
constraints, we are accepting them and imagine a very
strong link, able to climb smoothly the different floors
and to connect them. A huge red ribbon takes hold of
the space, winds from floor to ceiling, seems to pass
through the walls and cuts its way through the collections.
It becomes a fully independent object, while at the same
time remaining a medium that we fold with the passing
eras and influences related to the collections. Our bold
ambition “to bring back design into Design” is properly
understood in Montreal, where the concept of heritage
and the “fine arts” label free themselves rather well from
the weight of tradition.
OwnerThe Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
PlaceThe Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Rooms of Decorative Arts, Canada