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National Bank lends a Valérie Blass work of art to the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Montreal, 2 February 2012 -

National Bank is proud to participate in the Valérie Blass exhibition by lending to the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MACM) a piece by this world-renowned sculptor, taken from its Corporate Art Collection. The exhibition will run from February 2 to April 22, 2012 at MACM located at 185 Sainte-Catherine Street West in Montreal.

Entitled Cette jeune femme ne sait pas s’habiller, this particular sculpture was completed by the Montreal artist in 2008. Considered Valérie Blass’ signature work, the sculpture is one of the thirty some pieces presented in the exhibition — the largest exhibition of Valérie Blass work ever organized. “Raising public awareness to local artists’ production is at the heart of the Corporate Collection. Therefore it made sense for National Bank to collaborate with the MACM so that a full panorama of Valérie Blass’ work be presented”, said art historian Jo-Ann Kane, Curator of the National Bank Collection and President of the Association des Collections d’entreprises du Québec.

About the National Bank Collection
With over 7,000 original works of art, the National Bank 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. By acquiring artwork, National Bank directly supports artists and creators across Canada and fosters a feeling of pride in our collective heritage while shining the spotlight on Canadian talent and enriching the surroundings for thousands of employees and clients.

About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada is an integrated group that provides comprehensive financial services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations in its core market, while offering specialized services to its clients elsewhere in the world. National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including retail, corporate and investment banking. It is an active player on international capital markets and, through its subsidiaries, is involved in securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management as well as mutual fund and retirement plan management. As at October 31, 2011, National Bank has over CDN$156 billion in assets in accordance with Canadian GAAP and, together with its subsidiaries, employs more than 19,000 people. The Bank’s securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: NA). For more information, visit the Bank’s website at To access National Bank of Canada’s financial literacy portal, visit

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Joan Beauchamp
Senior Advisor – Public Relations
National Bank
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