From May 23 until December 8, 2013, a unique exhibition will be presented at the Université de Montréal. Mont et merveilles will provide an opportunity to discover unexpected treasures from seven collections held by the Université de Montréal, HEC Montréal, and Polytechnique Montréal. These collections, mainly compiled and used for teaching and research, today make up a remarkable shared heritage.
Mont et merveilles is an initiative of the Centre d'exposition de l'Université de Montréal in partnership with Polytechnique Montréal, HEC Montréal, and the General Secretariat of the Université de Montréal, in close collaboration with the faculties and departments responsible for the collections.
Mont et merveilles includes nearly 300 objects, works of art, specimens, artifacts, and documents of great heritage value from the World Musical Instrument Collection of the Ethnomusicology and Organology Laboratory, the Ethnographic Objects Collection of the Department of Anthropology, the Marie-Victorin Herbarium, the Dentistry Collection of the Musée Eudore-Dubeau, the Art Collection of the Université de Montréal, the Institutional and Private Archives of HEC Montréal, and the Geological Engineering Collection of Polytechnique Montréal.
A new and informed look
The internationally recognized Montréal designer Michel Dallaire was invited to explore the collections and select his favourite object from each one. At the centre of the exhibition, a video projection follows Dallaire behind the scenes of the collections as he discovers them in all their diversity. His industrial designer eye, his creativity, and his sensitivity are reflected in his comments and his choice of objects. He invites visitors to share his open vision and take a new look at the objects on display.
Free guided tours
On Sunday, May 26, the Centre d'exposition de l'Université de Montréal will take part in Montréal Museums Day 2013 and use the occasion to offer a free guided tour of the exhibition Mont et merveilles at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
The Centre d'exposition will also offer free guided tours on Sunday, June 30, Sunday, July 28 and Sunday, August 25 at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. The 45 minutes guided tours are offered in French.
About the Université de Montréal, HEC Montréal, and Polytechnique Montréal
The Université de Montréal, together with its affiliated schools, HEC Montréal and Polytechnique Montréal, is Québec's foremost teaching and research hub and has the second largest student body in Canada. It has 65,000 students and 2,600 professors and researchers. Its collections of historical depth and great scientific importance have been compiled and preserved for the benefit of present and future generations.
A mandate focused on multidisciplinarity
The Centre d'exposition de l'Université de Montréal was opened to the public in 1998 with the mandate of showcasing the knowledge and collections of the Université de Montréal. As a recognized museum, the Centre is a gathering place for academic knowledge that promotes interdisciplinarity through exhibitions and activities that stimulate the imagination and provoke thought.
The exhibition Mont et merveilles has received financial support from the Desjardins Group, lead sponsor.
Sophie Banville, adjointe administrative
Centre d'exposition de l'Université de Montréal
514 343?6111, poste 3548; firstname.lastname@example.org