Château Dufresne

Musée et lieu historique patrimonial

Small salon of Marius Dufresne, Château Dufresne, 1940.

Pierre Dorion has executed a new series of watercolours based on photographic documentation of the period rooms from historical museums in Montreal. The series is being shown at the Château Dufresne, in an unusual space: a former exhibition room of the Musée d’art contemporain, which occupied the premises from 1965 to 1968. Bordering the white exhibition panels installed in the 1960s, the Château’s distinctive woodwork can still be seen. The watercolours as well as the room refer to the stratified nature of the premises’ history, which, via the period room, convenes countless individual stories as well as the collective imagination.

Choreographer and dancer, Frédérick Gravel defies disciplinary conventions. With this intervention in the rooms of the Château Dufresne, he explores the theatrics of classical music, providing us with the opportunity to listen to a striking concert. Visitors are invited to sit in one of the Château’s spacious, empty rooms and hear an ensemble of musicians give a private performance, as often occurred in the 1920s, when the Dufresne brothers still lived here. Little by little, the condition of some guests appears to be altered, and conventions are quietly subverted. What emerges is a performance evoking the dreams and failures of personages who might have lived in the space.

Claire Savoie has created a sound piece in the historic rooms of the Château Dufresne. The exhibition design for this venue’s guided tour structures the experience of visitors who wish to familiarize themselves with the site, its history, and the personal (hi)stories that have shaped it. To complement that approach, the artist has designed a soundtrack meant to “activate” the memory of the space and recount a wordless narrative to accompany the tour. The piece uses sounds that evoke everyday activities, interspersed with noises and music, generating anachronistic disruptions and different registers here and there. The noises sometimes seem to come from far away, and at other times from close by, occasionally even seeming to emerge from somewhere outside the space. There is a hint of dramatic tension animating the overall mood, creating unexpected atmospheric effects. To close out the journey through the period rooms, a video installation reconfigures the sound experience in another narrative register.


From June 14 to August 18, 2019 – Claire Savoie
From June 14 to October 20, 20019 – Pierre Dorion

Opening on Thursday, June 13, 2019, from 5:30 pm, in the presence of the artists.

Performances by Frédérick Gravel on the 4, 5, 11 and 12 of July 2019 at 7 pm.
Price: $ 20
Booking online – Seats are limited!


2929, Jeanne-d’Arc Avenue (metro Pie IX), Montréal, Québec, H1W 3W2

Open Wednesday to Sunday from 9:30 to 5 pm

Admission fees:

Adult – $ 14
Students – $ 13
Senior or CAM (Accès Montréal Card) – $ 13
5 to 17 years – $ 7
4 years and under – free
Family – $ 30