Rétrospective Pierre Ayot

LA CROIX DU MONT ROYAL

Rétrospective Pierre Ayot

Curators: Marthe Carrier and Nicolas Mavrikakis  

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TRIBUTE TO PIERRE AYOT
and to all those who support freedom of expression
To pay tribute to Pierre Ayot is primarily to salute his practice, which is still alive and well, but as well to recognize his ability to gather the artistic community and make art a fertile ground for the exchange of ideas, even the most singular! -The immense support we have received for the recreation of La croix du mont Royal strongly reaffirms the importance of freedom of the expression and creation. -For all this we express our gratitude.

Martin April 
Rose-Marie Arbour 
Martine Audet 
Étienne Auger 
Suzanne Auger 
Vincent Auger 
Jocelyne Aumont
Anne-Claude Bacon 
Remy Barbonne 
Mathieu Baril 
Suzanne Beauchamp 
Huguette Beaudry 
Jean Bégin 
Étienne Bégin Thibault 
Benoît Béland  
Julie Bélisle 
Catherine Bernard
Louise Bérubé 
Marie-Pier Bocquet 
Danièle Bouchard 
Marlène Boudreault 
Jacques Boudrias 
Michel Boulanger 
Gilbert Boulet 
Lisa Bouraly 
Olivier Bousquet 
Bruno Boutot 
Mélodie Brassard 
Nathalie Bujold 
Michel Campeau 
Audrey Careau 
Godefroy Cardinal
Marthe Carrier 
Alain Chagnon 
Martin Charron 
Philippe Chevrette 
Pierre Chicoine
Marc Choko 
Stéphan Corriveau     
Thomas Corriveau
Michelle Côté 
Mario Côté 
Cozic
Marie-Josée Daoust 
Peggy Davis 
Michel Depatie 
Gabrielle Desgagné-Duclos   
Julie Drolet  
Sébastien Drolet 
José Dupuis 
Josée Duranleau 
Jean-Robert Drouillard
Restaurant Else’s
Juliette Fallu
Mercédès Font
Madeleine Forcier
Diane Fortin 
Jean-Marc Fredette
Claude Gagnon 
Alexandre Gagnon-Brown 
Emmanuel Galland 
Pascal Gingras 
Martin Girard
Diane Gougeon  
Michel Goulet 
Geneviève Goyer-Ouimette 
Luc Granger 
Émilie Groulx 
Richard Guay 
Isabelle Guimond 
Dominic Hardy 
Caroline Hayeur 
Marie-Louise Héroux 
Nicolas Houde-Sauvé   
Claudette Hould 
Pauline Hudin
Danielle Jasmin 
Laurence Jourde 
Danielle L’Espérance 
Francois Lacasse
Sylvie Lacerte 
Eric Ladouceur  
Michel Laforest 
Marcel LaFrance
Manuela Lalic
Lise Lamarche
Diane Lanctôt 
Martine Lanctôt 
Sophie Lanctôt 
Bernard Landriault 
Paméla Landry 
Daniel Langevin 
Olivier Lapierre
André Laroche 
Stéphane Larue  
W. Robert Laurier 
Michel Lauzon 
Pierre Lebuis 
Jean-Claude Leclerc
Laetitia Leclerc 
Julien Lefort-Favreau 
Jocelyne Légaré 
France Lemay 
Véronique Lépine 
Julie Lequin 
Kathy Letellier 
Jonathan Livernois 
Francyne Lord 
Patrice Loubier 
Jocelyne Lupien 
Melikah Manevy 
Thierry Marceau 
Lucie Marchand 
Denise Marchand Mavrikakis
Brigitte Marius 
Samuel Mathieu 
Nicolas Mavrikakis 
Johanne Mercier 
Yves Messier 
Gilles Mihalcean
Marie-Claude Mirandette
Ken Monteith 
Dada Olivier
Lyne Olivier 
Marjolaine Olivier 
Lara Orsoni 
Jean-Christian Pleau 
Sylvie Poirier 
Daniel Prud’Homme 
Michel Paradis 
André-Louis Paré
Francesca Penserini
Marie Perrault 
Laurence Pilon 
Yann Pocreau 
Céline Poisson 
Andrée Préfontaine
Diane Régimbald
Monique Régimbald-Zeiber
Peter Richardson
Alana Riley 
Nathalie Roy 
Diane Romanesky 
Kévin Romanesky
Patrick Romanesky 
Yan Romanesky 
Jean-Pierre Roy 
Julia Rvdd 
Richard Sabeh 
Robert Saucier 
Stephen Schofield 
Jean-Pierre Séguin 
Marc Simard 
Thérèse St-Gelais 
Gabor Szilasi 
Jacinthe Tassé 
Zoë Tousignant 
Claude Tremblay
Richard-Max Tremblay   
Manon Trépanier 
Véronique Savard 
Vincent Van Dongen 
Louise Viger 
Jean Viglione Cloutier 
Catherine Villeneuve 
Valérie Vincent  
Emmanuelle Waters 
Galerie Joyce Yahouda 
Et tous ceux qui ont 
préféré rester anonymes. 
7 October 2016 to 19 December 2016

La croix du mont Royal is a scaled replica of the cross overlooking Mount Royal since 1924. This legendary work by Pierre Ayot (in collaboration with Denis Forcier) was originally conceived for Corridart, a public art exhibition spreading several kilometers over Sherbrooke Street as part of the 1976 Olympic Games. Remembering that the mayor of Montréal at the time, Jean Drapeau, destroyed the works of Corridart (curated by Melvin Charney) a few hours before the opening of the Games.—As Ayot wanted, the cross seemed to have rested a few moments at the foot of the mountain... In 1976, it was shown on McGill University grounds. In 2016, it lies near the Hôtel-Dieu buildings and Religeuses Hospitalières St-Joseph.—Ayot's approach was close to Pop Art, a movement that quoted images known to all to show them in a different context. Placed in front of buildings whose future is uncertain, after several hundred years of use, this work takes on an additional meaning. What should we do with our cultural and religious heritage? With this recreation of Ayot's work, we invite citizens to reflect on this important issue.

Original text in French by MARTHE CARRIER ET NICOLAS MAVRIKAKIS

Galerie B-312 thanks all its members and donators, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Conseil des arts de Montréal, Canada Arts Council, Ville de Montréal and ministère de la Culture et des Communications, for their support. The gallery extends its gratitude particularly to those who made the recreation of Pierre Ayot’s La croix du mont Royal possible: over 200 donators, the Mount Royal Plateau borough, Ville de Montréal, Conseil des arts de Montréal, Caisse Desjardins du Plateau-Mont-Royal, UQAM’s faculty for the arts, la Fabrique culturelle, Infravert, RCAAQ, RAAV and Succession Pierre Ayot. Nicolas Mavrikakis and Marthe Carrier would like to thank Madeleine Forcier, Yan Romanesky, Isabelle Guimond, Yuri Tremblay, Francyne Lord, Julie Boucher, Mayor Luc Ferrandez, France St- Jean, Christine Gosselin, Louise-Hélène Lefebvre, Lyne Olivier, Nathalie Saindon, Joanne Germain, Emmanuel Galland, Bastien Gilbert, Bernard Guérin, Olivier Lapierre, Laetitia Leclerc and Jean-François Belisle.