Starting today and running until December 16, Uqam's Centre de design is presenting "Québec in design," an opportunity to discover 75 years of design from the collection of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.
Visitors are invited to ponder 41 graphic design items and two-dimensional interior design models, 64 small objects and three-dimensional models, and 28 furniture pieces. Various practices are represented including craft, cutting-edge research in technology, functional design, playful design, and design dealing with social and environmental matters.
The selection of pieces covers the 20th century's five big periods of design: the proto-design of the 30s, the new cross-cultural effervescence and the emergence of modernity, Expo 67, Québec design's new professionalism, and the contemporary practices that help envision Québec design's frontiers.
The displays, designed by Georges Labrecque, bring a contemporary reinterpretation to the curio cabinet by playing with the accumulation of objects and their association. The exhibit is split into 10 sequences, which mix chronological and thematic approaches, such as "Practical form: design during World War II and after," "Social engagement: responsible design," "The indispensable dispensable: decorative design", "Provocation: design that questions," etc.
This wide-reaching exposition, which in 2008 will go on to the Ghent Provincial Centre for Art and Culture and provide a window on Québec in
A catalogue with text by Bernard Arcand, Sylvie Berkowicz, Paul Bourassa, Marc H. Choko and Odile Hénault accompanies the exhibit.
Uqam's Centre de design
From November 15 to December 16, 2007
Translation by Jennifer Edwards