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Municipal art collection

The municipal art collection includes more than 800 classic, modern and contemporary works of art. Every day, city staff and citizens experience Montréal’s rich artistic heritage through contact with works by contemporary artists and the city’s historic heritage on display in public and semi-public spaces and municipal administration buildings. Works from the collection are displayed in borough city halls, libraries and other cultural spaces.

In addition to historical collections from the early 20th century and EXPO 67, each year Ville de Montréal acquires the works of the winning artists of its three awards of excellence. Created in the mid-1990s, in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC), and the Conseil des métiers d’art du Québec (CMAQ), these awards of excellence honour the names of renowned Quebec artists: Pierre Ayot (1943–1995) and Louis Comtois (1945–1990) in the visual arts category and François Houdé (1950–1993) in the arts and crafts category.

In 2011, the Service de la culture adopted a new art acquisition plan, the Plan d’acquisition des œuvres d’art du réseau Accès culture (PADORAC), to broaden support of the practice of art in Montréal. PADORAC recognizes contemporary art production, showcasing these works in exhibitions presented each year in one of the venues of the Accès culture network.