LOTO-QUÉBEC AND YOU
Montréal, June 21, 2012 – Collection Loto-Québec will celebrate its strong and long-standing friendship with the Symposium international d'art contemporain by presenting a free, custom-designed exhibition at the Musée d'art contemporain de Baie St-Paul from June 23 to October 8, 2012. The announcement was made last Monday at Loto-Québec's Espace Création during a press conference where distinguished guests included Nicole Ménard, Québec's Minister of Tourism, Pierre Bibeau, Loto-Québec's Senior Corporate Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs, Jacques St-Gelais Tremblay, Director General of the Musée d'art contemporain de Baie St-Paul, and Serge Murphy, Commissioner of the Symposium.
"Since its founding in 1979, Collection Loto-Québec has been showcasing the diverse and tremendous talent of Québec's professional artists. It is therefore only natural for it to form associations with venues such as the Musée that, like itself, are dedicated to promoting contemporary creators," said Pierre Bibeau. "We are very pleased that our partnership with the Musée will enable the public in Baie Saint-Paul to discover major works of art from Collection Loto-Québec this summer," he added.
Collection Loto-Québec's mission is to make contemporary visual arts available to all Quebecers. Year after year, the organization presents a selection of works in various venues in Québec regions. True to that mission, curator Louis Pelletier has organized a highly colourful exhibition of Collection treasures for the main hall of the Musée d'art contemporain de Baie St-Paul to reflect its dynamism over its past 30 years of existence.
In particular, visitors will have the opportunity to admire the first work acquired by the Collection in 1985 – a 1981 painting by Kittie Bruneau entitled Tango –, an 1896 drawing by Ozias Leduc and a 2011 painting by Hugo Bergeron, an artist born the year the Symposium was created!
In all, 55 works produced by 41 Québec artists from every generation will make up this unusual exhibition that visitors may enjoy, exceptionally, free of charge.
Beyond the exhibition
Along with the exhibition, the Collection will hold a special edition of its Repérage program, a sales show that will provide artists from the Charlevoix region with an extraordinary platform. Presented outside large urban centres, the program is designed to showcase the talent of regional artists. Loto-Québec is therefore taking advantage of this special event in Baie St-Paul to exhibit works by Charlevoix artists.
Over the years, the Symposium has invited artists from disciplines other than visual arts to participate in the event. This year, internationally-recognized choreographer and dancer Marie Chouinard will perform for Symposium visitors in the main hall of the Musée d'art contemporain during the weekend of August 31st and Sept. 1st, which is also where Collection Loto-Québec will exhibit its works.
About Collection Loto-Québec
Collection Loto-Québec boasts over 4,400 works produced by over 1,200 local artists. It is a major player in Quebec's artistic heritage. Collection Loto-Québec pursues its mission by showcasing its works of art at Espace Création and on exhibition tours throughout the province.
La Collection Loto-Québec s'expose
A Free Exhibition at the Musée d'art contemporain de Baie St-Paul
from June 23 to October 8, 2012
Marie Chouinard dances for the Symposium
Main hall of the Musée d'art contemporain de Baie St-Paul
Friday, August 31st, and Saturday, September 1st
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