Art actuel 2-22 is the must address for visual and media arts that matter in Montréal. In a luminous, welcoming array of spaces, this crossroads of contemporary art practice unites the complementary services and activities of Artexte, the RCAAQ and VOX in two exhibition halls, the Formats bookstore, specializing in contemporary art, art theory and criticism and a research center. All under one roof, all catering to professionals and the public alike. Your gateway to all realms of contemporary art, Art actuel 2-22 proposes singular programs of exhibitions, events, screenings, conferences and educational activities.

Art actuel 2-22 comprises Artexte, the Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec and VOX, Centre de l’image contemporaine.

Research, Exhibitions

3rd floor

Artexte documents activities in the visual arts in Montreal, Quebec and Canada. Its exhaustive holdings includes monographs, exhibition catalogues, periodicals and artists’ files encompassing the full range of visual arts expression from 1965 to the present. Artexte welcomes researchers in contemporary art to its new premises at Art actuel 2-22, where it also offers a program of exhibitions inspired by documents in its collection.

Regroupement des
centres d’artistes autogérés du Quebec (RCAAQ)
and its new bookstore,

3rd floor

Founded in 1986, the RCAAQ includes 68 artist-run centres and self-managed cultural organizations all across Quebec. Functioning as true crucibles of creative talent and incubators of contemporary art practice, these centres organize more than 800 activities each year. The RCAAQ offers its members continuing education, professional development and promotional support services. Its Web portal keeps the public informed of members’ activities along with those of many other galleries and museums.

These services are now complemented by Formats, a newly opened bookstore dedicated to the contemporary visual arts. Formats also offers a program of events ranging from book launches to workshops, conferences, readings and performances.

VOX, centre de l’image

4th floor

VOX is an arts presentation venue founded in 1985 that is mainly involved in organizing exhibitions of contemporary image practices, ranging from photography to video, multimedia, the written word and film, and is also active in research, education and publishing. Now occupying the entire fourth floor of the 2-22 building, with more than half of its space dedicated to exhibitions, VOX will offer programming resolutely oriented toward research and experimentation by artists and curators alike, and the long-term dissemination of their work both nationally and internationally.

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