Project Description

Masterpieces of the Compagnons du Devoir

opening: Saturday, May 12 at 2 p.m. (free and open to all)

Lectures: Saturdays, May 5 and 26 at 2 p.m. (regular rate or free for MMAQ members)

Demonstration: Sunday, May 27 (free for Montreal Museums Day)

The “masterpieces of reception” are the works that the companions carry out at the end of their training and which illustrate all the techniques acquired. Les Compagnons du Devoir is a French association that offers training courses preparing for the exercise of some thirty traditional trades, based on the buddy system. Inherited from the ancient guilds of artisans, the companionship is a model of transmission and learning from master to aspirant, but also between companions, through the homes of companions.

Les Compagnons du Devoir have been established in Quebec since the late 1980s. They opened their first home in Montreal in 1987. Many exchanges between the companions from France and Quebec have since taken place, and several craftsmen settled in Quebec have resulted from this training.

The exhibition will present 12 masterpieces by companions illustrating the specialities of joinery, shoemaking, zinc roofing, carpentry, stone carving, metalwork, precision mechanics, plumbing and saddlery.

Even more than a trade, journeying aims to transmit a know-how, a culture, the history of the men and women who have practiced these trades… It is this philosophy that has particularly caught the museum’s attention. We invite you to learn more about journeying with two conferences:

Saturday, May 5 at 2 p.m.: “transmission en compagnonnage
Saturday, May 26 at 2 p.m.: “companionship around the world

On Montréal Museums Day, May 27, 2018, the companions will create a new lectern live for the Museum’s events. This will be an opportunity to demonstrate traditional skills.