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National Bank presents the Public Art exhibition at its newly renovated flagship branch in Montreal

Montreal, 30 May 2012 -

National Bank is proud to present the thematic exhibition Public Art in its newly renovated flagship branch at 600 de La Gauchetière West in Montreal. From now until September, clients and the general public are invited to discover this all-new exhibition by visiting the Bank’s largest branch in downtown Montreal.

The exhibition, which brings together a selection of artwork from the National Bank Collection, explores artists’ take on art in public spaces. “The photographs, sculptures, posters, collages and other contemporary art included in this exhibition are recent expressions of the democratization of art, as it asserts its presence in the public sphere and our daily lives,” said art historian Jo-Ann Kane, Curator of the National Bank Collection and President of the Association des Collections d’entreprises du Québec. Ms. Kane has also been an independent member of the Board of Directors of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec since April.

Public Art occupies a special area of the branch that will be used to periodically showcase the National Bank Collection via temporary exhibitions. Renovated at a cost of $2.5 million and officially inaugurated yesterday at a special employee ceremony, the new flagship branch reflects the latest design standards and National Bank’s eco-friendly practices. Branch premises have been expanded and improved, with the addition of a client lounge and an investor salon used for corporate events and communicating information to clients. A new ABM that is accessible at all times has also been installed.

The branch has been designed to make it easier to welcome and assist clients—two components of the red carpet treatment the Bank wants to provide at all of its points of service. The branch redesign is part of the One client one bank vision, and reaffirms National Bank’s commitment to being the Bank that truly takes care of its clients.

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
With $175 billion in assets as at January 31, 2012, National Bank of Canada (, together with its subsidiaries, forms one of Canada’s leading integrated financial groups, and was named among the five strongest banks in the world by Bloomberg Markets. The Bank has close to 20,000 employees and is widely recognized as a top employer. Its securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: NA). Follow the Bank’s activities via social media and learn more about its extensive community involvement at and

Information (The telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives.):

Joan Beauchamp
Senior Advisor – Public Affairs
National Bank
Tel.: 514-394-6500