Audio Guides to the Pavilion for Peace

Student guide and visitors sync MP3 players in anticipation of an audio-enhanced visit to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, part of the curricular initiative to create audio guides for the Pavilion for Peace. Photo: Emma Harake.

A special curricular initiative of Studio Re-imagine, two hourlong audio guides offer the visitor an in-depth engagement with selected artworks of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, seen through the lens of peace. How can peace exist in the museum? How do historical artworks take up themes of peace? How can the listener engage with peace directly?

Walk 1, Four Artworks in Search of Peace / Quatre oeuvres en quête de paix addresses these questions with respect to masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age and Romantic eras on the first and third floor of the Pavilion, integrating imaginative storytelling, art history, and numerous museum-goers’ voices and ideas about peace. Created by artists/graduate students Emma Haraké, Jacob Le Gallais and Melissa Tamporello, this audio guide is available in both English and French.

Download the English version here

Download the French version here

Walk 2, Six Tales of Peace (and War) / Six histoires de paix (et guerre) transports the second floor (Baroque and Enlightenment Era) of the Pavilion for Peace into a place of historical memory and imagination, exploring the human desire for peace even in the midst of wars both Napoleonic and contemporary. The audio guide includes commentary from humanitarian and peace activist, Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire; recent Syrian immigrant George Arbaii; specialist in the Spanish enlightenment, Jesus Pérez-Magallon; and museum guide Louis Pelland. Developed and written by artists/graduate students Gianni Berretta, Arianna Garcia-Fialdini, Karlene Goffe, Emily Keenlyside, Bonnie Klohn, Carly McAskill, Trish Osler, Treva Pullen and Christine Suarez, this audio guide is available in both English and French. 

Download the English version here

Download the French version here

These audio guides were created under the supervision of Kathleen Vaughan, Concordia University Research Chair in Socially Engaged Art and Public Pedagogies, in collaboration with audio artist/sound engineer Phil Lichti, as part of Concordia University’s partnership with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Production of the audio guides received financial support from both institutions.