Exposition Henri Tranquille et sa librairie Tranquille

Exposition  Henri Tranquille et sa librairie Tranquille

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February 21, 2022 to April 30, 2023

The new Esplanade Tranquille in the Quartier des Spectacles is located where the famous Librairie Tranquille once stood. The bookstore was a lively hub for Montreal’s literary and artistic community from the decade preceding the Quiet Revolution until the 1970s.

The exhibition Henri Tranquille et sa libraire Tranquille invites the public to explore the rich history of Librairie Tranquille and its influence, which was closely tied to the personality of its owner, Henri Tranquille.

Tranquille: such an ironic name – the eponymous bookstore was far from tranquil! In the Esplanade’s Grand Salon, you’ll get to know this cultural institution through a series of displays featuring reproductions of archival materials, photographs and unpublished writings.


Curator: Diane Bernier
Concept and production: DIANE BERNIER DESIGN INC.
Writing and spatial organization: Diane Bernier
Graphic design: Groupe Fanatik
Historical research and writing: Olivier Paré
Photographs and digitization: MEM – Stéphanie Mondor
Copy editing and proofreading: Hermine Ortega

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