Claude Bettinger graduated from the École des beaux-arts de Montréal in 1963 and completed an MFA at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He also carried out doctoral studies at Université Laval in Quebec City. Tied to self-portraiture, his work is primarily expressed through architecture and in public places. Bettinger’s focus moved from photography to sculpture, then from painting to printmaking, as he explored the notions of memory, passage, light and transparency. He created the stained-glass murals at Montreal’s Côte-des-Neiges subway station (1986) and an imposing public piece at Place des Arts entitled L’artiste est celui qui fait voir l’autre côté des choses (“artists are those who reveal the other side of things”; 1992).
Claude Bettinger, L’artiste est celui qui fait voir l’autre côté des choses, 1992. Granit, acier inoxydable, verre, miroirs. 520 x 130 x 625 cm. Place des Arts, Montréal. Photo : Alexandre Nunes.