L’Espace René-Lévesque à Montréal : le parcours d’un homme d’exception

L’Espace René-Lévesque à Montréal : le parcours d’un homme d’exception

Information on the activity

August 24, 2022 to November 10, 2022

Explore the life and times of René Lévesque, who made his mark on the history of contemporary Quebec like no one before or since.

The exhibition comprises eight zones presenting the life of René Lévesque: from the man who grew up in the Gaspésie town of New Carlisle to the journalist and iconic political figure he became. He changed Quebec profoundly, and his accomplishments continue to shape our lives to this day. This part of the event includes a free smartphone-based audio guide available in English or French. In addition to your phone, bring your headphones. Free WiFi is available on-site.

Continue your journey into the life of René Lévesque at Place des Arts, with a screening of the short documentary film Quelque chose comme un grand homme by Luc Cyr. Relive the shockwave felt by every Quebecer upon Mr. Lévesque’s passing. After the screening, you are invited to share your thoughts or memories of the man by sharing your reflections and celebrations of his memory by writing a few words in the guest book.

In the evening, a video projection on the façade of UQAM’s Pavillon Président-Kennedy reveals René Lévesque as both profoundly human and larger-than-life, through the photographs of the legendary Yousuf Karsh.

To complement this activity, take a short detour to Hydro-Québec’s headquarters, the Jean-Lesage Building, in the Quartier des Spectacles, where you will find a bust of René Lévesque by sculptor Paul Lancz.


Daily until November 10, 2022

Exhibition de l’Espace René-Lévesque à Montréal
Promenade des Artistes

Quelque chose comme un grand homme, short documentary film by Luc Cyr
Guest book
Daily from noon to 8 p.m. A guide will be present.
Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme de la Place des Arts

Vidéo projection
Daily from sunset to 11 p.m.
Pavillon Président-Kennedy de l’UQAM

Complementary stop, daily
Bust of René Lévesque by Paul Lancz
Hydro-Québec — Édifice Jean-Lesage


Circuit curator: Daniel Fortin
Exhibition: Espace René-Lévesque
Short documentary film: Luc Cyr
See the press kit for full credits.

Co-producers: L’Espace René-Lévesque, Fondation René-Lévesque, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, Place des Arts and Université du Québec à Montréal

L'Espace René-Lévesque à Montréal : le parcours d'un homme d'exception is also part of the Moments du cœur de l’île Initiative.

To learn more, read the complementary info about the project.