At YUL, our promise is to generate “inspiring meaningful” connections in everything that we do, to succeed in bringing the YUL experience to life. This is especially true for the various works of art that come across the passengers’ journey through our airport. The #YULArt program was created to showcase Montreal's culture and art, but also to offer passengers a memorable, entertaining, and pleasant experience while transiting here. Discover YUL’s unique MONTREA-Litude through our several exhibitions!
Vibrant – Festive – Multicultural – Surprising – Welcoming – Exhilarating
This special exhibition brings together the talents of 62 Quebec creators who have produced artistic and literary works in tribute to the famous covers of The New Yorker magazine. The artists were inspired by the city's iconic symbols to create eclectic interpretations that form a contemporary portrait. This exhibition is located in the underground corridor leading to gates 17 to 34 of the domestic departures’ jetty.
This colourful exhibition aims to open a dialogue between Brazil and Canada. The exhibition is made up of works by professional Brazilian and Canadian photographers, who have been invited to put their lens on the other's country. Placed in pairs, the photos will allow the viewer to benefit from a window on these two rich cultures, and to travel, for a moment, to the other's country.
Cécile Gariépy’s Colourful Murals
Travel to Montreal through the art of Quebec artist Cécile Gariépy. As true emblems of the city, the alleys of Montreal are witnesses of our history, culture and art. Barbecue, bowling, coffee in the sun or walks under the snow, they irrigate our city and testify to our MONTREA-Litude. The two colorful murals, close to six meters high, are located in the transborder jetty, near gate 79.
Alain Paiement’s Photograph Murals
“YULFLY” is a printed glass mural that evokes the point of view of Montreal just before landing, or at the moment of take-off. The mural is a matrix of hundreds of photographs. It is located in the international zone, between gates 64 and 66.
“Voisinages” (Neighbourhoods), is a mural of photographs that depicts several hundred citizens from all neighbourhoods, of all ages and backgrounds, proclaiming the cultural diversity and plurality of Montreal and its neighbourhoods. At work or at play, outdoors or indoors, in all seasons, they speak to an inclusive, effervescent vision of our city. The mural can be found in the international zone, near gate 53.
Nuée de verre
“Nuée de verre” (Veil of Glass), by artists Félix Dagenais and Louis-Xavier Gagnon-Lebrun, is an interactive lighting installation consisting of a series of coloured, transparent triangular panels suspended from the ceiling. The coloured panels animate the space, projecting their multi-hued reflections and refractions, aided by multiple light sources, onto the white ceiling of the terminal. This unique work of art is located in different places in the international zone, from gates 63 to 68.
“You are Almost There!” Lighting Exhibition
This exhibition comprises a series of lighting installations integrated into the architecture of the transborder and international jetties. It is created by Montréal conceptual artist and lighting designer Axel Morgenthaler. Well-known in the entertainment field, Mr. Morgenthaler is among the most innovative lighting designers. This work of art consists of 29 computer-controlled tubes of light (LED technology). Images taken by the artist are mixed with video sequences, then translated into the programming language that controls the lights. The result is a colourful, entertaining, and dynamic work of art that yields remarkable effects such as waves of light.
Permanent Works of Art
Works of art by well-known artists including Guido Molinari, Alfred Pellan and Eric Wesselow, formerly exhibited at the Montréal–Mirabel Airport (YMX), have been restored and are now on permanent display at YUL.
Several other works of art and exhibitions, other than those mentioned, are located in different areas of the airport. Share your personal favourites on social media by using the #YULArt hashtag!