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Early to Modern International Art

View of one of the early to modern international art galleries in the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace. Photo MMFA, Denis Farley
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Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace

The MMFA’s international art collection is unique in Quebec for its scope and quality, and is among the most important in Canada. It includes works from the Middle Ages to the present day, and reflects major movements in art history. Some 500 artworks from this collection are displayed over four floors.

Level 4

The Middle Ages
The Renaissance
(12th to the 16th century)

Level 3

The Golden Age in Holland and Flanders
Cabinet of Curiosities
(16th and 17th centuries)

Level 2

The Baroque to Rococo
Classicism to the Age of Enlightenment
The Empire Gallery
(17th and 18th centuries)

Level 1

From Academicism to the Modern Avant-gardes
20th Century Art
(19th and 20th centuries)

Spotlight: Women Artists in the Early Modern European Art Collection

To be explored on Levels 2 and 3, until July 21, 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.

Rosalba Carriera (1675-1757), Portrait of Madame Lethieullier, 1739, pastel on paper mounted on canvas, 60.4 x 46.9 cm. MMFA, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michal Hornstein. Photo MMFA
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