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Ville de Montréal

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Lisette Lemieux

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Presentation of the artwork
This artwork blends so well with the library’s furnishings that it passes almost unnoticed. It is composed of two groups of maple beams piled on each other in an irregular fashion. One of the groups serves as a cover for the reception counter, and the other serves as a partition screen to define a workroom for employees.

In 1990, a section of the artwork, which was initially composed of three elements (including one partition situated east of the reception counter) was withdrawn so that computer workstations could be installed. To compensate for this modification to the initial project, the Ville acquired another of the artist’s works, Colonne stèle (1987), accessible to the public in front of the partition screen on the south wall of the library.

The rhythmic arrangement of the beams, which are somewhat disorganized and yet fixed and solid, echoes the havoc of a library in which the culture of knowledge is rooted – a theme reflected in many of the artist’s works.
Associated events
The work was acquired by the Ville de Montréal, under the Québec government’s Politique d’intégration des arts à l’architecture et à l’environnement des bâtiments et des sites gouvernementaux et publics, when the Bibliothèque du Plateau-Mont-Royal was built in 1984.
Lisette Lemieux
Lisette Lemieux was born in Arthabaska and completed a bachelor’s degree in education at the Université de Sherbrooke before beginning her studies in art. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art from Université Laval, a diploma in art history from the Université de Montréal, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in visual arts from UQAM.

Since 1975, her work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Québec and abroad. She has also produced a number of works of public art, including Transcription 92 (1992) at the Centre Pierre-Péladeau and Kristallnacht (Nuit de cristal) (2003) at the Holocaust Memorial Centre. In 2006, her work Liber was presented to UNESCO by the Ville de Montréal on the occasion of the event Montréal, World Book Capital.
Awards and honours
  • Grand Prix de la biennale du dessin, de l'estampe et du papier-matière, Alma (Québec), 1995
  • Liber, oeuvre offerte par la Ville de Montréal à l'UNESCO dans le cadre de l'évèneemnt Montréal capitale mondiale du livre, 2006
Variation of title
Cloisons-paravent et comptoir-réception
Decorative Arts
Collection name
Integration with architecture
Date completed
Mode of acquisition
Public commission from the Ville de Montréal (competition by public notice)
Accession date
January 1, 1984
Wood; steel
General dimensions
211 x 1589 x 348 cm
Sans titre
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
Bibliothèque du Plateau-Mont-Royal
Civic address
465 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est, Montréal, QC H2J 1W3