The STM launches a competition to gift a work of art to the Brussels Metro
Today, the STM announced it is launching a competition for a work of art that will be installed in the Brussels Metro, specifically inside Trône station. The competition is part of a cultural exchange process with Bruxelles Mobilité, the administrative body responsible for equipment, infrastructure and mobility within the Brussels-Capital Region.
Montréal, May 5, 2014 – Today, the STM announced it is launching a competition for a work of art that will be installed in the Brussels Metro, specifically inside Trône station. The competition is part of a cultural exchange process with Bruxelles Mobilité, the administrative body responsible for equipment, infrastructure and mobility within the Brussels-Capital Region.
« The Montréal Métro will be 50 years old on October 14, 2016. In anticipation of this important anniversary and in the wake of the cultural exchange completed in 2012 with the Régie autonome des transports parisiens (RATP), the STM took steps to enter into another such exchange with another métro system that shares a similar interest for integrating artwork and architecture. The Brussels Metro, in Belgium, is a perfect match in this respect: in addition to having works of art inside virtually every station, it will celebrate its 40th anniversary on September 20, 2016, barely a few days before the 50th anniversary of our métro, » said Philippe Schnobb, chairman of STM’s board of directors.
As such, Bruxelles Mobilité will gift the STM with a work of art by an artist from Brussels, which will be installed in Montréal’s Place-d’Armes station, while the STM will give Bruxelles Mobilité a work of art by a Montréal artist which, in turn, which will be installed in Brussels’ Trône station. Located on lines 2 and 6, Trône station serves the Léopold neighbourhood to the east, including rue du Luxembourg and the European Parliament, as well as Place du Trône, the Royal Academies of Belgium, the Royal Palace, Brussels Park, and a number of other institutions to the west.
It should be noted that in 2002, the Brussels-Capital Region signed a cooperation agreement with the Government of Québec. The Délégation générale du Québec in Brussels has also expressed strong interest in a cultural exchange between the Montréal and Brussels métro systems and has offered the STM its full cooperation to help achieve it. The STM also has the support of the city of Montréal’s public art bureau and will rely on its reputable expertise in the field of arts. Lastly, the STM has solicited the cooperation of several influent public figures in the local visual arts scene to compose a jury who will first choose three finalists before selecting a winning proposal.
The STM invites professional artists from the island of Montréal, Laval and Longueuil to submit their name before the deadline set at noon, May 30, 2014. The winning proposal will be unveiled in October 2014 and the work of art will be installed in 2016. Competition program and rules are available (in French only) on the STM website, in the « ABOUT » section, at this address: http://www.stm.info/fr/a-propos/decouvrez-la-STM-et-son-histoire/lart-dans-le-metro/les-echanges-culturels
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