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Early to Modern International Art

Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace

Partial view of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace. Photo MMFA, Denis Farley
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The MMFA’s international art collection is unique in Quebec for its scope and quality, and is among the three largest in Canada. It includes works from the Middle Ages to the present day, and reflects major periods of civilization. Some 750 artworks from this collection are displayed over four floors and are complemented by numerous outstanding loans from private collections.

Level 4

The Medieval Nave
Northern and Southern Renaissance

Level 3

The Golden Age in Holland and Flanders
Cabinet of Curiosities

Level 2

The Baroque to Rococo
Classicism to the Age of Enlightenment
Napoleon Gallery

Level 1

The Salons of the Belle Époque
Modern Avant-gardes
Abstraction and Figuration

Spotlight: Women Artists in the Early Modern European Art Collection

To be explored on Levels 2 and 3, until July 7, 2024

Women make up less than 1% of the named artists in the MMFA’s collection of historical European paintings, sculptures and works on paper. Most of their works have rarely, if ever, been exhibited at the Museum.

This Spotlight exhibition, designed as a series of installations across the second and third floors of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, looks at why that is in order to spark new conversations around what – and who – defines great art. Bringing together collection highlights, new acquisitions and never-exhibited works from storage, this presentation showcases women artists in the Museum’s permanent collection while questioning the value systems that kept them in the shadows for so long.

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