Passages Insolites – A unique way to experience Quebec

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From June 20 to October 14, 2019, Québec City residents and visitors will discover the 6th edition of Passages Insolites, a 4 km public art circuit in the historic Petit Champlain and Saint-Roch districts.

The event brings together 14 artworks produced by 40 local and international artists and architecture collectives whose work plays on the idea of “unusual passages” by putting unexpected elements in the pathways we normally take for granted, posing profound questions about societal issues and the world around us.

Echo - Jeffrey Poirier (Québec)
Echo – Jeffrey Poirier (Québec) / Photograph © Stéphane Bourgeois

Conceived and produced by EXMURO arts publics, curated by Vincent Roy, and presented by the Ville de Québec, the circuit is an unparalleled showcase for artists and architects from Québec and around the world. Sometimes flamboyant, sometimes introspective, always surprising, these works together present a deeply contemporary take on the urban space they inhabit.

Now an annual tradition and signature Québec City event, Passages Insolites is gaining attention as one Canada’s largest ephemeral public art circuits. A program of circulating works has been launched to bring its artists’ creative excellence to cities around the world. This year alone, four works have been shown in Longueuil, Québec (in a partnership with the Ville de Longueuil) and three will travel to Philadelphia as part of the Flow (Philadelphia Sculptors) exhibition, from October 12 to December 7, 2019. 

Passages Insolites is free of charge: the perfect invitation for people of all ages to let the city be their guide as they discover unique, fun and thought-provoking artworks at their own pace and embrace the unexpected. 

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