The year of endless art... La Collection Loto-Québec: 30 wonderful years old!



    MONTREAL, Feb. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - It's here! La Collection Loto-Québec is
30 years old! We intend to celebrate in a big way and are dedicating our
entire 2009 Espace Création Loto-Québec programming to this important
milestone. Throughout the year, exhibits and events will take place from one
end of Québec to the other, letting everyone enjoy the discovery of treasures
from a unique collection on the road of the borderless history of Québec art.
    Sophie Faucher is the proud spokeswoman and patron of this event. A
daughter of actors who is an actress in her own right, she grew up surrounded
by works of art. From her childhood years she drew a fascination and
inexhaustible enthusiasm for the sensitive, sometime non-conformist but
ever-changing eye of the artist that falls upon the people and objects of our
world.
    The celebration kicks off on Wednesday, February 4 with the inauguration
of "Nomade, La Collection Loto-Québec in motion" exhibit at Espace Création
Loto-Québec. Until May 3, 100 creations by 78 artists will be on display,
selected by Curator Louis Pelletier from among the 4,000 works in the
collection.

    An impressive collection of art work

    In 1979, Loto-Québec took on a mission to stimulate the creation of the
visual arts in Québec through a program of acquiring works of contemporary
art. Fast forward: 30 years later, La Collection Loto-Québec owns more than
4,000 creations representing the work of more than 1,000 of our artists.
Moreover, nearly 200 new works are added to the collection each year, making
it an important contemporary link in the chain of our cultural heritage, one
that reflects our diversity and the exceptional creativity that our artists
provide.
    La Collection Loto-Québec is an incontrovertible mirror of the trends,
epochs and disciplines of Québec art. As a young, vibrant and contemporary
collection accessible to a vast art-loving public in a variety of cultural
settings, the collection is in a real sense a museum in motion. At the same
time, it is proud of its role as a corporate collection - one of the largest
in Canada -, with a presence that enriches the workspaces of its employees.

    Nomade, La Collection Loto-Québec in motion

    As the first of three exhibits, Nomade, La Collection Loto-Québec in
motion shows off the heart of the Collection. With wise selections from the
representative works and techniques held in the Collection, Nomade is a
faithful mirror to the spirit in which acquisitions are made. To help us
travel through time, works taken one after the next from our vaults play
starring roles in the exhibit's "movement" theme. Creations by Marc-Aurèle de
Foy Suzor-Côté, Ozias Leduc, Marcelle Ferron and Alfred Pellan stand
shoulder-to-shoulder with works by Kittie Bruneau, Guido Molinari, Tom
Hopkins, François Vincent, Jérôme Fortin and Maude Bussières.
    But exhibit-goers will also be able to admire the talents of young
artists in the many excellent and colourful works of painting, sculpture,
glass, engraving, etching, collage, gouache, papier-mâché, charcoal,
water-colour and pastel that will be on display. Nomade, La Collection
Loto-Québec in motion is not just a wispy breeze of art, but truly a pivotal
exhibit.

    The indispensable catalogue

    The accompanying Nomade catalogue presents and documents the
approximately one hundred works that make up the exhibit, even as it takes
stock of past and present acquisitions. Reading the catalogue, one is
impressed by the fact that along with the greatest names in Québec painting in
Loto-Québec's vaults can be found less well-established but equally
interesting artists that the Corporation is helping to become better known.

    Espace Création: a proud partner of the Montreal All-Nighter

    On the occasion of the Montreal All-Nighter event during the Montreal
High Lights Festival, Nomade, La Collection Loto-Québec in motion will be
shown to the many night owls who will be storming the castles of culture of
our metropolis during the entire night of Saturday, February 28/Sunday, March
1. Everyone is welcome to visit the exhibit in the one-of-a-kind atmosphere of
the festival night. There will be special activities for festivalgoers and
many door prizes. And, as always, the event is free.

    Nomade takes its art on the road!

    As its name suggests, Nomade, La Collection Loto-Québec in motion will
travel throughout Québec and show its art selections to the citizenry for an
entire year. Beginning in March, some fifty of the works from the Espace
Création exhibit leave for a tour that will take them to Gatineau, Sept-Iles,
Rivière-du-Loup, Val d'Or and Jonquière. In addition, a selection of works
from the Collection will be on display in June 2009 at the Musée national des
beaux-arts du Québec on the Plains of Abraham.

    Other memorable 30th anniversary moments

    From May 27 through September 6, artists of the Collection Loto-Québec
join their works in the L'oeuvre et la manière (The Work and its Measure)
exhibit that explores the various means by which art is created, and the steps
that are taken along the way. Photographs, testimonials, video studio visits,
reconstructions of workspaces all make for a unique look into the heart of the
artist and the creative process.
    Finally, from September 22 through December 13, La Collection Loto-Québec
becomes a stairway to the stars! Ten Québec celebrities with a fondness for
art will act as "Invited Curators" and choose their favourite works from the
body of the Collection. Who will they be? Which works will they select? All we
can say for certain is that whether through the celebratory of the "Curators"
or the works of art themselves, this event is guaranteed to make a splash!

    La Collection: a crossroads where everyone meets

    The 2009 Collection Loto-Québec programming offers the art-loving public
a veritable laboratory in which it can follow artists and their evolution.
It's a crossroads that encourages creative encounters. Collecting and
displaying art - as this 30th anniversary shows - also means being daring in
responding to challenge. Good methodology and patience are required, but so is
passion. And this is, for Loto-Québec, a passion to be shared with all
Québecers, the whole year round.

    Espace Création
    Main floor, Loto-Québec head offices
    500 Sherbrooke Street West
    Montréal - Métro McGill

    Opening hours:
    Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    Thursday-Friday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Saturday-Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.

    Admission free
    Tel.: (514) 499-7111, extension 2829; (514) 499-5087
    www.lotoquebec.com




For further information:

For further information: Julie Delorme, Communications Papineau-Couture,
(514) 842-3851, juliedelorme@papineau-couture.com


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