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The Collection over the years

THE COLLECTION OVER THE YEARS

Since the Collection Loto-Québec’s creation in 1979, it has been a key part of Québec’s artistic heritage, as it supports contemporary visual art creation and helps local artists shine.

From 1979 to 1990

1979

Loto-Québec enters the field of visual arts and organizes a province-wide print competition. This competition becomes an annual event and the cornerstone of the Corporation’s art collection. The Collection Loto-Québec is born.
 

1985

The Collection’s acquisitions program is established. The Corporation sets aside 0.01% of its revenues to acquire works and, every year, approximately 200 new pieces are added to the Collection.
 

1987

The Collection launches an exhibition program in order to promote selected works in a variety of regions across the province.
 

1989

The Collection’s annual print contest is awarded the prize for best external public relations program by the Société des relationnistes du Québec (now called the Société québécoise des professionnels en relations publiques). The Collection Loto-Québec is recognized as a leader in the promotion of visual arts in Québec and abroad.
 

1990

The Collection, in cooperation with Loto-Québec’s Human Resources Department, develops the Corporation Retiree Sculpture Contest, with its first awards going to artists Dominique Valade and Charles Daudelin.

From 1991 to 2000

1991

A gallery is opened at corporate headquarters to enable Montréal residents to appreciate the works in a permanent exhibition space.

Loto-Québec becomes the headquarters of the Association of Corporate Collections, a Québec association of some 30 companies and firms.

The Collection acquires its 500th work of art.
 

1994

A program of sales exhibitions is created. In order to diversify its regional acquisitions, the Corporation regularly sponsors events organized by regional museums and exhibition centres in order to spotlight artists from every part of the province.
 

1995

The Collection continues to grow, adding its 1,000th work: an art print by Montréal artist Betty Goodwin.
 

2000

In April, the Collection acquires its 2,000th piece, Prolifération exubérante, a carved wood and acrylic work by young artist Yves Boucher.

From 2001 to 2010

2003

Renowned artist Guido Molinari’s acrylic painting becomes the Collection’s 3,000th work of art.
 

2005

The gallery opened in 1991 at corporate headquarters becomes Espace Création, a space dedicated to Québec creativity in all its forms. In doing so, the Corporation renews and consolidates its commitment to contemporary artistic creativity.
 

2007

The Collection Loto-Québec acquires a major work by Jean Paul Riopelle, L’hommage à Rosa Luxemburg, on permanent display at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.
 

2008

The Collection acquires its 4,000th work of art, Reflet bleu, an acrylic and varnish on wood, by Rock Lamothe.
 

2009

The Collection Loto-Québec celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Loto-Québec organizes a major tour of its collection. Nomade, la Collection Loto-Québec en mouvement makes stops throughout the province.
 

2010

The Diane Dufresne et Richard Langevin, Mur à Mur exhibition welcomes over 10,000 visitors to Espace Création.

From 2011 to today

2011

The Collection Loto-Québec becomes one of two official presenters of the Québec Triennial 2011 and the main partner of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal for a period of five years.

 

2012

The Collection Loto-Québec establishes a three-year partnership with the Musée de la civilisation de Québec with the presentation of the Hommage aux grands créateurs series. L’Univers de Michel Tremblay is the first exhibition part of this partnership.

In December, Espace Création Loto-Québec welcomes its 100,000th visitor during the Serge Lemoyne exhibition.

 

2013

The Collection Loto-Québec continues its partnership with the Musée de la civilisation de Québec and presents a free exhibition of Pierre Gauvreau’s works outside its venue.

Espace Création closes.

 

2014-2015

To celebrate the Collection’s 35th anniversary in 2014, a new dissemination program is adopted to enable the Collection to meet a wider audience across Québec. The program L’art de partager is presented in 7 regions of Quebec and comes to a close in December 2015.

 

2016

The Collection Loto-Québec donates the mural entitled Univers d’oiseaux, la volière de Mont-Tremblant, by artiste René Derouin, to the Ville de Mont-Tremblant.

Loto-Québec unveils a new artistic journey showcasing works at the Casino de Mont-Tremblant.

 

2017

Loto-Québec is unveiling a new artistic presentation featuring works from its Collection at the Casino de Charlevoix and the Fairmont Le Manoir Richieu, the Casino de Montréal as well as the Casino du Lac-Leamy and Hilton Lac-Leamy.

Past exhibitions

From 2005 to 2013, Loto-Québec presents various exhibitions at its head offices and in several exhibition sites across the province, all aspiring to achieve the goal of helping local artists shine.

Consult the exhibition directory [in French only, PDF - 771 KB].