Sunday, February 19, 2017

Art Souterrain 2017

Art Souterrain 2017
Edition 9

March 4 - 26, 2017

Art Souterrain (Underground Art) presents the 9th edition of its annual contemporary art festival. This year's theme is Play and Distraction. This visual arts festival—the only one of its kind in North America—will kick off on Saturday, March 4, 2017 during Montreal's Nuit blanche, and over the following three weeks will offer 45 activities: commented visits, conferences, and artist meet-and-greets.

Festival-goers will discover works by more than 60 Québec, Canadian and international artists and collectives, on display in nine buildings of Montreal's Underground City (all connected by underground passages). Some of the works will be additionally displayed at seven satellite venues. Performances, installations, interactive videos, photographs, and sculptures will dot this extensive artistic trail, whose works will reflect this year's theme, Play and Distraction.

Access to the exhibition trail and to all festival activities is free of charge, with the exception of the guided visits ($5) and the Focus visits ($10, or $7 for students).


This trail is the most popular with the Montrealers. It will be winding through these locations:

Central Station, 1000 de la Gauchetière
Place Bonaventure (only during the evening of Montreal's Nuit blanche)
Place de la Cité internationale-OACI
Place Victoria
World Trade Centre Montréal
Édifice Jacques-Parizeau (formerly Centre CDP Capital)
Palais des Congrès de Montréal
Guy-Favreau Complex (closed on weekends 18-19 March and 25-26 March 2017).


Wil cover these locations:

Arsenal Contemporary Art
Artur Zmijewski | Julie Chaffort | February 21 to March 26
2020 William. (Georges-Vanier or Lionel-Groulx metro)

Centre d’exposition de l’Université de Montréal
François Kathrin Lagacé, Xavier Ménard and Patrick Saint-Denis | March 2–25
2940 chemin de la Côte Sainte-Catherine, Pavillon de la Faculté de l’aménagement, room 0056. (Université-de-Montréal metro)

Dawson College Art Gallery
Five Tricks to Win a Race Against Marina Abramovic | February 15 to March 28
Katherine Parthimos, Alexia McKindsey, Matthew Thomson, Hugo Nadeau, Guillaume Bourdon, Paolo Pedercini, Melanie Matthews, Olivia Turchinyak, Emily Spooner, Mark Jenkins
4001 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W., room 2 G.0. (Atwater metro)

Espace d’exposition UBISOFT
Jason Cantoro | Montreal's Nuit blanche | March 4, 6 p.m.–1 a.m.
5480 Saint-Dominique. (Laurier metro)

Never Apart
Jaywalking, Dries Depoorter | January 26 to April 9
7049 Saint-Urbain. (De Castelnau metro)

Jean-Pierre Gauthier: Jeu et Diversion | February 25 to April 1
1201 Saint-Dominique. (Saint-Laurent metro)

Skawennati: Le monde de demain | February 4 to March 18
4001 Berri, room 301. (Sherbrooke metro)

Concordia University
EV Building, room EV-1.605, 1515 Sainte-Catherine W. (Atwater metro)


Since 2009, ART SOUTERRAIN has been attracting large audiences and turning them on to contemporary art through its eponymous festival, unique in North America, held annually in Montreal's Underground City.

The festival takes art outside conventional venues and into the public space, breathing life into this original part of Montreal's architectural heritage as it showcases the diverse practices and modes of expression of artists from the Québec, Canadian and international scenes. Beginning with the 2016 edition, the festival has enhanced the artistic experience of visitors thanks to the
addition of a satellite trail comprised of partner cultural venues.

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