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Paul Lancz

Monument à John F. Kennedy

1986
Presentation of the artwork
This monument commemorates the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. In 1986, the Hungarian-born Canadian sculptor Paul Lancz was finally rewarded for years of effort to find a permanent site for his artwork. Almost 20 years after it was produced, it was installed on Avenue du Président-Kennedy. In 2011, the statue was moved to a different site on the same street due to development of the Quartier des spectacles. Sponsored by the Birks Family Foundation, this bronze bust, sitting on a granite pedestal, is a portrait of the charismatic public figure eight times larger than life size. It is regarded as a reminder of the international vocation of the Ville de Montréal. With the permission of the president’s widow, a copy of this bust was first put on exhibit in the Kennedy Library at Harvard University in Boston, the president’s birthplace.
Associated events
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on 29 May 1917 in Brookline, a suburb of Boston. After graduating from Harvard University in 1940, he enlisted in the Marines; three years later, he distinguished himself when, wounded, he directed the rescue of his crew after their ship was rammed and sinking. At age 42, he became the youngest president ever elected in the United States. During his mandate, which lasted barely three years, he achieved a number of reforms, including increased allowances for unemployed and disadvantaged people, as well as signature of a minimum wage law and the extension of its application. On 22 November 1963, he was assassinated as his presidential motorcade travelled through Dallas, Texas. Wounded in the head, he died almost immediately.
Paul Lancz
Born in Hungary in 1919, the Canadian sculptor Paul Lancz studied at the Budapest School of Fine Arts and worked for three years with the internationally renowned Hungarian sculptor Szigmond Kisfaludy Strobl. Lancz moved to Canada in 1956. Much of his production consisted of busts of well-known politicians and artists. In 1967, he presented a bust of Israeli prime minister David Ben Gurion to the Israel Pavilion for the Montréal World Fair. Among the other busts that he produced were those of eminent Montréal figures, including Abraham Bronfman, Armand Frappier, Alexis Nihon, and René Lépine. He died in Montréal in 2005.
Presentation of the artwork
This monument commemorates the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. In 1986, the Hungarian-born Canadian sculptor Paul Lancz was finally rewarded for years of effort to find a permanent site for his artwork. Almost 20 years after it was produced, it was installed on Avenue du Président-Kennedy. In 2011, the statue was moved to a different site on the same street due to development of the Quartier des spectacles. Sponsored by the Birks Family Foundation, this bronze bust, sitting on a granite pedestal, is a portrait of the charismatic public figure eight times larger than life size. It is regarded as a reminder of the international vocation of the Ville de Montréal. With the permission of the president’s widow, a copy of this bust was first put on exhibit in the Kennedy Library at Harvard University in Boston, the president’s birthplace.
Associated events
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on 29 May 1917 in Brookline, a suburb of Boston. After graduating from Harvard University in 1940, he enlisted in the Marines; three years later, he distinguished himself when, wounded, he directed the rescue of his crew after their ship was rammed and sinking. At age 42, he became the youngest president ever elected in the United States. During his mandate, which lasted barely three years, he achieved a number of reforms, including increased allowances for unemployed and disadvantaged people, as well as signature of a minimum wage law and the extension of its application. On 22 November 1963, he was assassinated as his presidential motorcade travelled through Dallas, Texas. Wounded in the head, he died almost immediately.
Paul Lancz
Born in Hungary in 1919, the Canadian sculptor Paul Lancz studied at the Budapest School of Fine Arts and worked for three years with the internationally renowned Hungarian sculptor Szigmond Kisfaludy Strobl. Lancz moved to Canada in 1956. Much of his production consisted of busts of well-known politicians and artists. In 1967, he presented a bust of Israeli prime minister David Ben Gurion to the Israel Pavilion for the Montréal World Fair. Among the other busts that he produced were those of eminent Montréal figures, including Abraham Bronfman, Armand Frappier, Alexis Nihon, and René Lépine. He died in Montréal in 2005.
Detail
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
1986
Mode of acquisition:
Donation
Accession date
November 11 1986
Technique(s)
Cast bronze
Materials
Bronze; granite
General dimensions
355 x 100 x 120
Manufacturer
  • Artcast Foundry
Monument à John F. Kennedy
Borough
Ville-Marie
Park
Intersection des avenues du Président-Kennedy et McGill-College
Civic address
2001, avenue McGill College