Published Thursday January 31, 2019

BAnQ and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec Unveil a New Public Artwork at BAnQ Vieux-Montréal

Guy Laramée's La vallée des plans (Reconstruction).

Guy Laramée's La vallée des plans (Reconstruction).
Photo : Michel Legendre

BAnQ now houses a new original work of art which will further beautify the foyer of BAnQ Vieux-Montréal, located on Viger Avenue in Montréal. The financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (Conseil) and the Fondation de BAnQ (FBAnQ) made it possible to carry out the creation of a permanent original work by Guy Laramée and turn the spotlight on BAnQ's extensive architectural archival collections.

''Artist Guy Laramée drew his inspiration from architects Joseph Dalbé Viau and Alphonse Venne to create La vallée des plans (Reconstruction). This project highlights the works of visual artists and architects, genuine cultural cornerstones. BAnQ has a duty to preserve the footprints of their contributions,'' said Jean-Louis Roy, BAnQ's Chief Executive Officer

''We are delighted to support the creation and installation of such an inspiring artwork. Through their production, architects make art a part of our daily lives and Guy Laramée's work pays fine tribute to them,'' added Anne-Marie Jean, the Conseil's President and Executive Director. 

''The Foundation is proud to support the creation of important artworks. We are confident that visitors of BAnQ Vieux-Montréal will thoroughly enjoy this display of the impressive architectural archival collections held in this archival facility,'' stated Anne-Catherine Rioux, Director General of the Fondation de BAnQ.

Guy Laramée's Artwork at BAnQ Vieux-Montréal

As artist Guy Laramée pored over the architectural archival collections preserved at BAnQ Vieux-Montréal, he was immediately won over by the drawings of Joseph Dalbé Viau, the architect behind the design of several buildings erected in Montréal between 1920 and 1930. The artist zeroed in on drawings which were instrumental in the 1921-1926 reconstruction of the Nativité-de-la-Sainte-Vierge church in the Hochelaga borough. The accuracy and visual aesthetics of these drawings and the ambiguous ties linking Quebecers to their catholic heritage were momentous factors in his decision to rest the core of the installation on those documents.

Read the press release (in French only)

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