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Visual Art: November 2011 Archives

New energy in the Quebec contemporary art scene

contemporary art 004.jpgBy many accounts, it's an exciting time for contemporary art in Quebec.

Several new spaces have opened recently, thanks to big investments by private collectors.

Among those is the Arsenal contemporary art space -- a massive shipyard that has been converted into exhibition and gallery space. It houses Galerie René Blouin and Galerie Division.

Jeanette takes the pulse of the scene with three major players:

-René Blouin, owner of the gallery of the same name

-Jean-Francois Belisle, director of Arsenal (pictured)

-Jeanie Riddle, director of the gallery Parisian Laundry.  

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An art lover's dream job

jo-ann kane 003.jpgJo-ann Kane is the curator of the art collection at the Banque Nationale.

It's Canada's largest art collection, with over 7,000 pieces.

She talks to Jeanette about the role of corporations in developing the contemporary art scene, and encouraging individual artists.

You can see the Banque Nationale collection for yourself by going to the gallery at the main branch in Montreal, located at 600 de la Gauchetiere West.

Or, you can view the collection on-line by clicking here.

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Francois Rochon's private collection

contemporary art 016.jpgFrancois Rochon is trained as an engineer.

He works as a money manager.

But his real passion is art.

He gives us a tour of him impressive collection of Quebec contemporary art. He has nearly 100 pieces in his office in Old Montreal, and his total collection contains about 200 pieces of art. (Click here to see our Facebook gallery of his office.)

His dream is to eventually start a museum.

Listen to his conversation with Jeanette.

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