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Ensemble[s] Family Gallery

December 11, 2019 to August 16, 2020

Immerse yourself in the astonishing universe that the Ensemble[s] exhibition proposes, in which objects become strange characters, uncommon sculptures or items from a valuable collection. The entire family can discover animated shadow landscapes, surprising strokes of inspiration and hiding-places.


Numerous objects inhabit our everyday lives, from the utterly banal to the exceedingly precious. Through a selection of five works from the Prêt d’œuvres d’art collection, Ensemble[s] reveals how this generous inventory transforms itself into inspiring material. The works exhibited include a private garden of petticoat roses and a sculpture whose mysterious outline is traced by the sun.


Scores of recovered or found objects or objects offered at the MNBAQ occupy the Family Gallery during the exhibition. Some of the numerous curios become potential sculptures to be assembled or possible items in an uncommon collection. Beyond their utilitarian function, the objects here are characters in a story to be written by young and old alike. 


Different sections invite the family to observe, question and explore. 

In a subdued atmosphere, a play of shadow invites visitors to create evanescent drawings. The change of scale between an object and its silhouette is surprising. Nearby, the gallery offers a magical spot for storytelling: worthy of the finest cabins made of cushions at home, furnishings are transformed into comfortable reading corners.

Several small recesses have been created to enable one and all to build a collection or elaborate a playlet using the wide array of objects available. From shape to colour not to mention the imaginative universe and the symbolic, which ideas will guide your choice? Amusing game tables invite children of all ages to gather to share a game of chess or a story, or to reminisce.

Marie-Renée Bourget-Harvey, who has staged and elaborated the graphic design of the Ensemble[s] exhibition, has put the spotlight on the works and objects.