ESPACE CULTUREL GEORGES-ÉMILE-LAPALME
The Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme is a space that is open to everyone, in which Place des Arts offers a free and diverse program of cultural activity, making it a true hub of Montreal cultural life. The space is a reflection of artistic vitality from home and abroad, and offers a showcase for emerging artists and new forms of artistic expression. Experimentation, as well as highly accomplished art forms, can find a home here.
This big and bright space hosts performances, and can include a small and versatile stage, should programming require it. The Espace culturel also includes an exhibition room in which multimedia installations and exhibitions on the performing arts are presented, sometimes relating to the programming in Place des Arts’ concert halls. Place des Arts collaborates with a number of partners in order to develop programming for the space.
A multimedia zone has been set up in the corridor leading to the central area. A mosaic made up of 35 digital screens broadcasts content relating to the performing arts, or simply inspired by the space. The videos shown on the screen mosaic are true works of art, designed by visual artists. The original design of this mosaic was created by Éric Villeneuve. The idea is to give passersby and spectators attending performances at Place des Arts a chance to take a break between the performance halls—offering a moment of decompression, like going through an animated airlock.
Located between the Place-des-Arts metro and Complexe Desjardins, this vast crossroads is used by millions of passersby annually. After undergoing major indoor renovation work in 2011, Place des Arts changed the name of its Hall des Pas perdus to the Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme in honour of Quebec’s first Minister of Cultural Affairs (1961-1964), who was also the instigator behind the creation of Place des Arts.
Refurbishing the space also provided an opportunity to showcase two large, existing works of art created as part of the program to integrate art and architecture. In the middle of the Place Deschamps bistro, you can rediscover Pierre Granche’s work Comme si le temps... de la rue. Claude Bettinger’s work, L’artiste est celui qui fait voir l’autre côté des choses, at the end of the screen mosaic, is also highlighted by the sloping path leading to the shaft of light the work provides.
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