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Published on September 14, 2021

Curator of European Art (before 1800)

The challenge

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is seeking someone to fill the position of Curator of European Art (before 1800). Reporting to the Chief Curator, this person will establish and guide the orientation of the collection of European artworks created prior to 1800.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Establishing and guiding the orientation of the collection in their area of expertise, in accordance with the MMFA’s priorities.
  • Defining and overseeing the acquisition program for European art before 1800 with respect to paintings, sculpture and works on paper, by carrying out the necessary research and steps.
  • Developing and promoting the exhibition program for European art before 1800.
  • Writing articles for scholarly catalogues and other publications, as well as guides, research papers and any other form of cultural mediation document.
  • Forging and cultivating lasting partnerships with collectors and patrons, consultants, university partners, prospective donors and organizations that could potentially support and enrich the collection.
  • Determining the themes of exhibitions in their area of expertise by conducting research and curating objects as well as collaborating with exhibition production experts.
  • Maintaining excellent working relationships with management, peer curators and other Museum departments, including Conservation, Exhibitions Production, the Foundation and the Education and Wellness Division, among others.
  • Enriching and promoting the MMFA’s collection across Montreal, Quebec and Canada as well as internationally.
  • Delivering oral presentations both to the media and at lectures.
  • Recommending acquisitions of objects, books and documents for the purpose of enriching the collections and continuously improving research methods.
  • Sharing knowledge with students, research professionals, Museum Members and the general public.
  • Preparing and facilitating talks on the Museum’s permanent collection or other themes within their field of expertise.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • A master’s degree in art history, with a concentration in European art before 1800; a doctoral degree is an asset.
  • At least three (3) years’ experience as a museum curator and in managing a collection.
  • Three (3) years’ experience in the research and study of European art history before 1800.
  • A passion for their area of expertise and be recognized as a leader in their field.
  • A keen sense of transdisciplinarity and multidisciplinarity.
  • Excellent ability to work as a team, meet deadlines and adhere to the priorities expressed by the Museum and its partners.
  • Skills in research and academic writing, cultivating relationships with donors, and prospecting in both of Canada’s official languages.
  • Demonstrated autonomy, ambition, curiosity, initiative and creativity.
  • Excellent mastery of English and French (oral and written).

Pursuant to its mission, the MMFA encourages diversity on its teams and invites candidates from all backgrounds with the required skills to apply. Please submit your application to with the position title specified in the subject line of your email.

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