Public art is a great bet

Plus de 5000 œuvres produites par 1200 artistes québécois

Among the major promoters of art in Montreal, mention must be made of Loto-Québec, the state-owned company whose collection includes more than 5,000 works—primarily paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and sculptures as well as other works of art—produced by 1,200 Quebec artists.

The crown corporation has shared its treasure with the community since the late 1970s, through exhibitions, legacy projects, long-term loans—most notably in health institutions—and, more recently, through the “cultural journeys” it created in its four casinos: Charlevoix, Mont-Tremblant, Lac-Leamy (Gatineau) and Montreal.

Counting the dozen or so works on display at Joël Robuchon’s L’Atelier restaurant, the Casino de Montréal’s journey includes 52 works of art by as many Quebec artists, all selected by Marie-Ève Beaupré, curator in charge of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal’s collection.