View of the exhibition "Le capital humain", Diagonale, 2022. © Mike Patten
View of the exhbition "What is The Will of Love ?" by Leisure, Diagonale, 2020
© Edwin Isford
Diagonale is a center for the dissemination of contemporary art located in the heart of Montreal's dynamic Mile End district. Each year, Diagonale presents a program of exhibitions, research or production residencies and lectures around its mandate. Approached as a plastic and reflexive object, it is deployed within artistic and theoretical projects by artists, curators and theorists who are committed to thinking about fiber in terms of matter, concept or referentiality.
Eager to participate in the influence of the local art scene, Diagonale tends to develop national and international projects.
Diagonale, a non profit organization, is essentially community run, and depends on the participation of its members and that of the professional artists, critics and curators who compose its board of directors. In 2014, Diagonale also partnered with members of the business community, whose contribution will help improve the centre’s performance with respect to governance and fund raising.
Originating from the Conseil des Arts textiles du Québec (The Textile Arts Council of Québec), Diagonale was founded in 2004 by Council members who sought to address significant changes within the 30 year-old organization. Established as an artist-run centre with a gallery space in Montréal's vibrant Mile End neighborhood, Diagonale produced programming both within its gallery walls and off site. In 2012, it joined the Pôle de diffusion de Gaspé, and finally in 2014, Diagonale's new gallery opened its doors along with five other organizations devoted to the presentation of contemporary art.