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Temporary exhibitions

Fields of Memory

Fields of Memory

Métis-sur-Montréal 2018

Until November 18, 2018

As part of the 10th edition of the event Métis-sur-Montréal, the Château Ramezay – Historic Site and Museum of Montréal and Reford Gardens is presenting the installation Fields of Memory. This work, by artist Dominique Blain, provides an opportunity to reflect on the First World War. The installation will be presented at Place De La Dauversière from July 3 to November 18, 2018.

Fields of Memory commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, which marked the end of the First World War. The installation is inspired by the story of George Stephen Cantlie, a soldier from Montréal who picked flowers in the gardens, fields and hedges of war-torn Europe and sent them to his granddaughter in Montréal.  By evoking a landscape damaged by war, the work prompts a reflection on today’s reality, with a message that is both poetic and political. In the heart of Montréal’s historic district, the public is invited to admire how beauty can emerge from destruction.

Dominique Blain is a Canadian artist who lives and works in Montréal. For over 30 years, her work has explored the relationship between civilization and oppression, History and the amnesia, using the evocative power of aesthetics. Internationally renowned, Blain has exhibited her work in several North American and European cities as well as in Australia. She won the Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas in 2014 and the Prix Les Elles de l’Art in 2009.

The installation Fields of Memory is presented free of charge from July 3 to November 18, 2018, at Place De La Dauversière, situated between the Château Ramezay and Place Jacques-Cartier, across from Montréal City Hall. The same history that inspired this work also served as inspiration for the travelling exhibition Fleurs d’ARMES, which will be presented in fall 2018 at the Château Ramezay.

Montréal 14-18

Montréal 14-18

Until November 18, 2018

To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the Château Ramezay – Historic Site and Museum of Montréal invited Terry Copp and Alexander Maavara to create an outdoor exhibition on Montréal during the years 1914 to 1918. Archival photographs illustrate how the population of Montréal experienced this period. The exhibition will be held on Le Royer and Saint-Claude streets, behind the Château Ramezay Garden, from July 20 to November 18, 2018.


Drawing from Terry Copp and Alexander Maavara’s digital book Montreal At War 1914-1918, the exhibition features a series of carefully chosen archival photographs to tell the story of how Montrealers of all classes experienced the war that was supposed to “end all wars.” From Champ-de-Mars to the Lachine Canal, the public will discover some of the evocative moments in Montréal’s wartime history: an anti-conscription march, women manufacturing shells in a munitions plant in the Rosemont district, and more.


Terry Copp is Professor Emeritus as well as Founder and Director of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS), a research centre at Wilfrid Laurier University. One of Canada’s leading military historians for the last 50 years, he is the author and co-author of over 20 books and numerous scholarly articles on the Canadian Army’s operations and experience during both world wars. Alexander Maavara is Terry Copp’s main research assistant at the LCMSDS. He is currently completing a Master of History at Wilfrid Laurier University.

The outdoor photo exhibition Montréal 14-18 will be free of charge from July 20 to November 18, 2018, on Le Royer and Saint-Claude streets, behind the Château Ramezay Garden, perpendicular to Marché Bonsecours. 

Take advantage of your visit to admire artist Dominique Blain’s outdoor work, Fields of Memory. As part of the 10th edition of Métis-sur-Montréal, this work is presented just metres away, at Place De La Dauversière, by the Château Ramezay and Reford Gardens. To wrap up the series of activities commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War, the Château Ramezay will present the travelling exhibition WAR Flowers from October 24, 2018 to March 31, 2019.

1812: Objects to Discover

1812: Objects to Discover

In 3 Web Capsules

The Château Ramezay - Historic Site and Museum of Montréal invites you to explore a little-known side of Canadian history. As part of cross-Canada commemorations of the War of 1812, the Museum produced three web capsules based on items in its collection linked to people and events that marked this decisive event.


The first capsule, on Charles-Michel d’Irumberry de Salaberry, gives the Canadian angle, outlining the rise of the hero of Châteauguay and his august family through objects once in their possession. Artifacts related to the Duke of Kent, a dear friend of Salaberry, and the works of painter and miniaturist Anson Dickinson are also displayed.


The second capsule, on the British angle, focuses on Sir George Prevost, Governor-in-Chief of British North America. The works of influential artists of the period, such as Jean-Baptiste Roy-Audy, and certain military objects, give a better understanding of the British Colony’s defence in the face of an American invasion.


The third capsule, highlighting the Shawnee chief, Tecumseh, examines the War of 1812 from the First Nations’ standpoint. The work of artists and illustrators such as Huron painter Zachary Vincent and American artist George Catlin, and key artefacts such as the dagger used by Tecumseh, one of the heroes of 1812, tangibly illustrate the Amerindian side of the question.

This project was made possible with the financial support of the Government of Canada and Canadian Heritage. The videos are now available on both our YouTube site and our Internet site.The script was produced by Isabelle Trudeau, with the assistance of military history expert Luc Lépine.

WAR Flowers - A Touring Art Exhibition

WAR Flowers - A Touring Art Exhibition

Until March 31, 2019

WAR Flowers - A Touring Art Exhibition

An Innovative, Multi-Sensorial Exhibition Exploring Human Nature in the Landscape of War through Floriography, Sculpture and Scent

During the First World War (1914-18) Canadian soldier Lieutenant-Colonel George Stephen Cantlie picked flowers from the fields and gardens of war-torn Europe, pressing and drying them within a book. Every day, he sent one flower home, along with a short, affectionate note to one of his children, including his one-year-old baby daughter Celia in Montreal, so that, as she grew up, she would have something to remember him by in the event he didn’t survive that terrible war.

Flash forward. A century has passed, and with it all living memory of the First World War. But Cantlie’s letters and flowers have been preserved and ultimately passed to his granddaughter, the late Elspeth Angus, in Montreal, who lovingly preserved them in a special red box. And that’s where, four years ago, a Canadian filmmaker, Viveka Melki, toher utter amazement, first encountered them, speaking to her from the past, and the germ of an idea was born in Melki’s mind.

Now, more than one hundred years after he picked the flowers, and on the 100th anniversary of the end of that horrific conflict, Cantlie’s touching wartime ritual can be experienced anew in WAR Flowers - A Touring Art Exhibition, now running through March 31. 2019 at Château Ramezay - Historic Site and Museum of Montreal.

Melki has reinterpreted ten of Cantlie’s flowers using floriography, a Victorian-era method of communicating meaning and emotion through flowers, to tell a larger story of human nature in the landscape of war.

As conceived by Melki, the exhibition is comprised of ten stations, representing ten of her core beliefs about the nature of war. Each station showcases a different flower picked by Cantlie and draws on his wartime letters, exhibited publicly for the first time. Actual artifacts of the First World War era complement each station.

For each station, optical crystal sculptures created by award-winning Toronto-based artist Mark Raynes Roberts portray scenes that illustrate different aspects of human nature, while scents at each station developed by Magog, Quebec, olfactory specialist and perfumer Alexandra Bachand evoke memory.

Optical Crystal Sculpture - Mark Raynes Roberts

WAR Flowers - A Touring Art Exhibition is produced by Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens 

Reford Gardens

The exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of 

the Government of Canada and many private partners and individual donors.

Letter WAR Flowers Exhibition

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