Jo-Ann Kane, curator of the National Bank Art Collection, tells us about one of the most impressive corporate art collections in the country.
National Bank Art Collection
Since 1971, National Bank has acquired an impressive collection of artwork that is displayed in its offices, branches and subsidiaries across the country. With over 7,000 original works of art, National Bank’s collection currently ranks as one of the largest corporate collections in Canada.
This distinctive collection reflects the history of Quebec and Canadian art from 1895 to the present and includes paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and photographs. Year by year, the Bank seeks out the most renowned professional artists to add to its collection, thus providing a venue for artistic expression across Canada.
By acquiring, exhibiting and lending artwork to museums and other institutions, National Bank directly supports Canadian artists and creators and fosters a feeling of pride in our collective heritage, while shining the spotlight on Canadian talent and enriching the surroundings of thousands of employees and clients.
The art gallery at the entrance of our branch at 600 De La Gauchetière West in Montreal is open to the public during business hours. This gallery hosts exhibitions on various themes. From April 22 to 24, 2016, a selection of artwork from the National Bank Collection will be shown at the Papier 16 contemporary art fair at Hangar 16, Quai de l’Horloge in the Old Port of Montreal.
We invite you to discover the permanent artworks accessible in the Place Dupuis, St-Laurent Boulevard and Square-Victoria branches.