Spectacular, Provocative Public Art

EXMUROarts publics and the Ville de Québec are pleased to invite residents and visitors to enjoy this year’s PASSAGES INSOLITES, a public art circuit and events. From June 25 to October 10, 2022, 17 works by 18 local, Canadian, and international artists will be showcased along a 2.5 km circuit in the historic sectors of Place Royale, Petit Champlain, and the Old Port.


Life Jackets by Ai Weiwei
Photo credit: Stéphane Bourgeois

In its nine years of existence, PASSAGES INSOLITES has carved out a unique niche in the urban landscape and the hearts of Quebec City residents. This year’s edition creates spaces for artistic encounters and reflections on the environment, decolonization, and geopolitics. In the words of Vincent Roy, EXMURO’s executive and artistic director, this year’s spectacular, provocative programming will “help put Quebec City on the global art map as a venue for exhibiting art and promoting artists, both locally and internationally.” The event’s mission is represented by 2022 headliner, Ai Weiwei, and PASSAGES INSOLITES' first-ever ambassador, the artist known as PONY.


ARENA by Benoît Maubrey
Photo credit: Stéphane Bourgeois


An Adaptative Moment by Nicole Banowetz
Photo credit: Stéphane Bourgeois


Namus Pamus by Gaspard Combes
Photo credit: Stéphane Bourgeois

World-class programming

PASSAGES INSOLITES is thrilled to present the North American premiere of a major new work by renowned artist, Ai Weiwei. This is the rare opportunity for an intimate encounter with one of the world’s most influential living contemporary. An iconic cultural figure and committed humanitarian activist, Ai Weiwei is celebrated for his politically engaged, subversive practice that challenges orthodoxies and critiques economic, political, and social power imbalances.


Life Jackets by Ai Weiwei
Photo credit: Stéphane Bourgeois

The queen of playful art is PASSAGES INSOLITES’ first ambassador

Long-time PASSAGES INSOLITES favourite, Gabrielle Laïla Tittley, known as PONY (Poor One Newly Young), is a multidisciplinary artist with a trademark playful sensibility. The secret to her success? Inclusive, accessible art that brings people together, pushes for positive change, and promotes mental health.


Territories 2.0 by Olivier Roberge
Photo credit: Stéphane Bourgeois

About EXMURO arts publics

EXMURO arts publics is a non-profit organization whose mandate is the diffusion and promotion of multidisciplinary artistic projects in the urban public space.