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Art public Montréal : Manifeste à Paul-Émile Borduas

 1643. Saint-Denis St.

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The mural Manifeste à Paul-Émile Borduas, by Thomas Csano, was made in two parts. The first painted wall pays tribute to Borduas’ contributions to Quebec’s social and artistic life with a graphic composition that borrows visual elements from six of the great artist’s paintings. There are also excerpts from Refus global. The red birds breaking away from the flock evoke the manifesto’s 16 signatories.
The second mural, made a year later, is a more contemporary look at Borduas’ legacy. The barcodes on either side unify the space. The blots reference Borduas’ work, and are also a symmetrical reproduction of the birds’ movements. The red lines give the second mural verticality, in contrast to the horizontality of the first.
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