Under the general editorship of Nathalie Bondil with Sophie Biass-Fabiani, a 304-page documentary publication featuring over 475 illustrations has been prepared by the Publishing Department of the MMFA and 5 Continents, in collaboration with the Musée Rodin. The English edition is distributed by Harry N. Abrams, New York, and Yale University Press, London. It includes texts by Catherine Chevillot, François Blanchetière, Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, Véronique Mattiussi, Hélène Pinet, as well as conservators at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Daphne Barbour and Lisha Deming Glinsman, and MMFA curator Sylvain Cordier. An interview with the filmmaker Denys Arcand and the artist Adad Hannah conducted by Catherine Bédard, assistant director of the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, completes the work. There is also a rich anthology of personal accounts from the era and, translated into French for the first time, the ten articles that appeared in The American Architect and Building News in 1889, written by a historical witness, the American Truman Howe Bartlett. It also includes reproductions of the complete inventory of the MMFA’s Druet collection of photographs.
This exhibition is a production of the MMFA and the Musée Rodin, and will be circulated by the MMFA to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond (November 21, 2015 – March 13, 2016), and then to the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem (May 16 – September 5, 2016). The exhibition curators are Nathalie Bondil, Director and Chief Curator of the MMFA, assisted by Sylvain Cordier, Curator of Early Decorative Arts, and Sophie Biass-Fabiani, Heritage Curator for the Musée Rodin, under the direction of Catherine Chevillot, Director. The exhibition design is by Sandra Gagné, Head of Exhibitions Production at the MMFA, and Nathalie Crinière of Agence NC, Paris. We would also like to acknowledge the collaboration of the Société des arts technologiques (SAT).
The exhibition is presented in Montreal by Fiera Capital, in collaboration with the Museum’s Volunteer Association, Ciot, Air Canada, Bell, Tourisme Montréal, MABI, Richter, La Presse and the Montreal Gazette. The exhibition has also benefited from the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through its Canada Travelling Exhibitions Indemnification Program. The Museum would like to thank Quebec’s Ministère de la Culture et des Communications for its essential contribution, as well as the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Canada Council for the Arts for their ongoing support.
The Museum’s International Exhibition Programme receives financial support from the Exhibition Fund of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Foundation and the Paul G. Desmarais Fund. We extend our thanks to the Association of Volunteer Guides for their valued contribution to Museum life. We would also like to thank all our members and the many individuals, companies and foundations who support our mission, especially the Fondation de la Chenelière and the Arte Musica Foundation.
We would also like to extend our gratitude to all those who, through their generous assistance, encouragement and support, made this exhibition and scholarly publication possible.