Artist Jana Sterbak, Compagne des arts et des lettres du Québec, and Anne-Marie Jean, CEO of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, at Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, October 10, 2018.

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Anne-Marie Jean, chief executive officer of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, pins the insignia of the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec on artist Jana Sterbak, on October 10, 2018.

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Artist Jana Sterbak, Compagne des arts et des lettres du Québec, at Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, October 10, 2018. In the background: Anne-Marie Jean (CALQ) and Nathalie Bondil (MBAM)

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From l. to r.: Geneviève Goyer-Ouimette (MBAM); Anne-Marie Jean (Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec); artist Jana Sterbak; donor Miriam J. Roland; Nathalie Bondil (MBAM), on October 10, 2018.

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Jana Sterbak's "Planetarium" unveiled at Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal on October 10, 2018.

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Jana Sterbak, C.A.L.Q.

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Artist Jana Sterbak wearing the insignia of the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec she received at Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal on October 10, 2018.

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9 October 2018 Jana Sterbak, Compagne des arts et des lettres du Québec
Featured twice at the Venice Biennale (1990 and 2003), Jana Sterbak made her name on the international artistic scene thanks to her sculptures, installations, photographs, videos and performances.

Mixing humour and intelligence, the Czech-born, Montréal-based artist uses non-traditional materials (meat, ice, sweat, hair, chocolate, etc.) to create forceful works dealing with the human body, identity, liberty, ephemerality, the absurdities of life and the contradictions of society. She recently won the Paul-Émile-Borduas award.

Jana Sterbak was unable to attend the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec special awards ceremony on May 28, 2018. She has received her insignia on October 9, 2018, at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, at the unveiling of her work Planetarium. Read the tribute here (in French).

The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec would like to thank the Caisse de la Culture and Le Devoir, which partnered for the award of this honour.

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