Decorative Arts and Design from the Renaissance to Today
Liliane and David M. Stewart Pavilion
In displaying the Museum's exceptional collection of decorative arts and design, this pavilion will prove to be a major asset for Montreal as a UNESCO City of Design. Curators Diane Charbonneau and Rosalind Pepall have conceived a skilful presentation that offers a two-part reading — both trans-historical and chronological — in partnership with Nathalie Crinière, the French exhibition designer who was also entrusted with our exhibitions Il Modo Italiano and Yves Saint Laurent. Three hundred never-before-displayed works and numerous acquisitions complement some 550 others.
The pieces are displayed along a "red ribbon of the collections," a metaphorical and actual ribbon running through the various levels. The collection is divided into seven sections passing through seven hundred years of decorative arts: by style (Rococo versus Classicism) or subject (Streamlined design); typological installations (modern and contemporary jewellery) and formal combinations (anthropomorphisms); materials (the glass gallery); the history of techniques (the art of the potter); chronological juxtapositions from the past to the present (cabinet of curiosities).