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*Part of the collection is accessible free of charge. To access the entire collection, the purchase of an exhibition ticket is required.

PHI Centre
315, Saint-Paul West
Montréal (Québec) H2Y 2M3

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Did you know that PHI has an important collection of contemporary art and installations: take advantage of your visit to the Centre to discover works by renowned artists including Trickster by David Altmedj, The Road to Enlightenment by Marc Quinn, Becoming Light by Bill Viola, Spirale d'or by Jean-Michel Othoniel, Bloods by Arthur Jafa and Bifurcation by Rafael Lozano Hemmer in free access.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Bifurcation (Shadow Object 2), 2012
Computer, kinect, projector, metal, motor, arduino processor, wood

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer was born in Mexico City in 1967. In 1989 he received a B.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from Concordia University in Montréal. Media artist working at the intersection of architecture and performance art. He creates platforms for public participation using technologies such as robotic lights, digital fountains, computerized surveillance, media walls, and telematic networks. Inspired by phantasmagoria, carnival, and animatronics, his light and shadow works are “antimonuments for alien agency”.

David Altmejd
, 2019
Expanded polyurethane foam, epoxy clay, extruded polystyrene foam, cement, steel, acrylic paint, quartz, resin, cotton shirt, glass eyes, synthetic hair, glass paint, coloured pencil, graphite and glass gemstones
23.5 x 10.25 x 12 inches

David Altmejd’s work is a unique and heady mix of science and magic, science fiction and gothic romanticism: a post-apocalyptic vision which is at the same time essentially optimistic, containing as it always does the potential for regeneration, evolution and invention. David Altmejd was born in Montreal in 1974 and lives and works in New York. He studied at the University of Quebec in Montreal and graduated with an MFA from Columbia University, New York in 2001.

Bill Viola
Becoming Light,
Colour video on plasma display mounted on wall 8m 29s

Bill Viola was born in New York in 1951 and graduated from Syracuse University in 1973. A seminal figure in the field of video art, he has been creating installations, films, sound environments, flat panel video pieces, and works for concerts, opera, and sacred spaces for over four decades. Viola represented the US at the Venice Biennale in 1995.

Arthur Jafa
Photograph on aluminum

Born in Mississippi in 1960, Jafa lives and works in Los Angeles. He has worked as a film director and cinematographer with directors and musicians such as Stanley Kubrick, Spike Lee, Julie Dash, Solange, Khalil Joseph and Jay Z. In 2016, Love Is the Message, the Message Is Death propelled him onto the international contemporary art scene, and in 2019 he was awarded the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for his most recent work, The White Album, presented in the exhibition May You Live in Interesting Times.

Marc Quinn
The Road to Enlightenment, 2006
Lacquered Bronze

From DHC-ART’s inaugural exhibition Marc Quinn from October 5, 2007 to January 6, 2008. Marc Quinn was born 1964 in London, England and is a central figure within British contemporary art, whose work is principally concerned with the body’s mutability in time, it’s physical presence in space and it’s anxiety within culture. His work also poignantly explores morality, beauty, kinship, and the interplay of art and science.

Nicolas Baier
, Inkjet print
44 x 70 inches

Nicolas Baier reveals the world through the newest of means at the pictorial artist’s disposal (digital photography) as well as the oldest (composition, colour and form). His increasingly discreet use of technology has transformed his photographic œuvre into a far more malleable medium, more analogous to painting. His photographs are a stunning example of technology at the service of imagination.

Jean-Michel Othoniel
Spiral d’or
, 2017-2019

Gold leaf, aluminum, and stainless steel

Jean-Michel Othoniel’s enchanting aesthetics revolves around the notion of emotional geometry. Through the repetition of modular elements such as bricks or his signature beads, he creates exquisite jewelry-like sculptures whose relationship to the human scale ranges from intimacy to monumentality. His predilection for materials with reversible and often reflective properties—particularly blown glass, which has been the hallmark of his practice since the early 1990s— relates to the deeply equivocal nature of his art.

Taryn Simon
From the series: American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, 2003-2007
Hibernating Black Bear and Cubs, Bear Den, Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia, 2006-2007
Chromogenic print
37 x 45 inches framed

An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar (2003-2007), reveals objects, sites, and spaces that are integral to America’s foundation, mythology, or daily functioning but remain inaccessible or unknown to a public audience. These unseen subjects range from radioactive capsules at a nuclear waste storage facility to a black bear in hibernation to the art collection of the CIA. The Innocents (2003) documents cases of wrongful conviction in the U.S., calling into question photography’s function as a credible witness and arbiter of justice.

Jenny Holzer
Edition for Bregenz, still photograph from the projection series
Bregenz), 2004 Digital Pigment Print 60 x 473⁄4 inches

This photograph is of a monumental scale projection onto tree-filled landscape in Kanisfluh, Vorarlberg, Austria, June 17, 2004. Since 1996, Holzer has thrown scrolling texts of monumental scale onto architecture and landscape using high powered projectors fitted with xenon lamps that run 185 mm film. Text is taken from government documents and Henri Cole’s poem fromthe exhibition as well as from the artist’s writing.

Michal Rovner
Hitlakdut, 2006
Stone well and digital projection 17 x 35 x 31 inches

Rovner makes digital recordings of groups of people whose movements — running, jumping and moving their arms— she has choreographed. Hitlakdut— a Hebrew word meaning “cohesion” — illustrates the transformative touch that Rovner brings to her radically different materials. Combining the grim surface of stone with something as light as a video projection is a gesture toward the religious: earth and illumination merged into a living whole. The ethereal creatures dancing in their alternative universe slowly transform a hunk of rock into a vessel.

Jake & Dinos Chapman
I felt insecure
, 2008

Painted bronze

Jake and Dinos Chapman are a duo of British artists whose shocking, collaborative projects incorporate plastic or fiberglass models to depict gruesome scenes of Nazi soldiers, McDonald’s characters, skeletons, dinosaurs, and other oddities. Their works are reminiscent of both Hieronymus Bosch’s ghoulish scenes of hell and Francisco Goya’s dark parodies of the Spanish government. Born Iakovos (Jake) Chapman in 1966 in Cheltenham, England and Konstantinos (Dinos) Chapman in 1962 in London, England, the Chapman brothers went on to study art.


PHI Art Collection is one of the key events of the DESTINATION: PHI programming, which includes many multidisciplinary initiatives (concerts, screenings, installations, etc.) offered in our physical and virtual creative spaces.

A safe environment for visitors and PHI employees

Our mediators are ready to welcome you in premises designed and arranged in a way that ensures a safe, healthy and comfortable environment. Everything is set up to provide both peace of mind and an enriching experience, all while respecting the protocol drawn up by Public Health authorities.

Photo (cover): Spiral d'or, Jean-Michel Othoniel by Alex Blouin

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