Sherbrooke Street turns into an open-air museum, inviting everyone to join in a walk for peace through 67 works reflecting the spirit of Expo67.
Created by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, this major international art exhibition will showcase 67 works carrying a message of peace and reflecting the universal values of humanism, tolerance and openness that inspired the creation of Expo67. In addition to commemorating the 50th anniversary of Expo67 and Montréal’s 375th, this open-air exhibition will mark Canada’s 150th.
The Walk for Peace will start, fittingly, next to the brand-new Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Woven through it will be 29 monumental sculptures from world-class Canadian and international artists. Visitors will also be able to see extraordinary works by Barry Flanagan, Charles Joseph, Fernando Botero, Niki de Saint Phalle, Rose-Marie Goulet, Joe Fafard, David Altmej and more along this outdoor urban path.
Some 40 gigantic photographs by Montréal artists will also be on display. Illustrating our humanity with poignancy and tenderness, they will remind us of the need to live in harmony together. These artists include Benoit Aquin, Darren Ell, Aydin Matlabi and Jean-François Lemire and Isabelle Hayeur.
All along the Balade, the flags of the 13 provinces and territories of Canada and the world’s 200-odd countries will fly high over Sherbrooke Street. Created by Montréal designer Claude Cormier, recognized globally for his work, this spectacular installation will draw inspiration from the playful and futuristic spirit of Expo67. For many, it will bring back memories of the banners at the Place des Nations, a symbolic site for Montréal’s Universal Exposition.
Visitors strolling down La Balade de la Paix will have the impression of walking for world peace, and continuing to spread the great message of openness and tolerance from Expo67, an event that left a truly lasting mark on the city’s history.
The exhibition La Balade pour la Paix, an Open-air Museum is part of the official program of Montreal’s 375th’s Anniversary. It was designed and organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts with the support of the McCord Museum and Concordia and McGill Universities.