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Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace has been home to over 750 works, from Old Masters to contemporary art, since 2016. The only collection of its kind in Quebec and the second largest in Canada, it is enhanced by many outstanding loans from private collections.

Six levels to explore

Level S2

Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy

Rainbow Hall

To Studios 1 to 9

Level S1

Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy

Group Entrance

Family Lounge

Level 1

Museum Collection: The Salons of the Belle Époque

Museum Collection: Modern Avant-gardes

Museum Collection: Abstraction and Figuration

Museum Collection: Contemporary Art

To the other pavilions

Level 2

Museum Collection: The Baroque to Rococo

Museum Collection: Classicism to the Age of Enlightenment

Museum Collection: Napoleon Gallery

Atrium and Peony Beach

Level 3

Museum Collection: The Golden Age in Holland and Flanders

Museum Collection: Cabinet of Curiosities

Level 4

Museum Collection: The Medieval Nave

Museum Collection: Northern and Southern Renaissance

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace was named in honour of these generous benefactors, a couple who survived the Holocaust and made Montreal their home. Major Quebec and Canadian philanthropists, their exceptional gift to the MMFA of over one hundred Old Master paintings, which considerably enriched its collection of international art, is the largest private donation made to a Quebec museum in modern history.

Follow the Path of Peace

See works by contemporary artists that have been cleverly incorporated throughout the pavilion. Those artists include:

  • Patrick Beaulieu
  • Mathieu Beauséjour
  • Patrick Coutu
  • Antony Gormley
  • Jean-Michel Othoniel
  • Roberto Pelegrinuzzi
  • Yannick Pouliot
  • Barbara Steinman
  • Martha Townsend
  • The collectives EN MASSE and MU

Visit the six levels of this architectural gem and its strikingly designed galleries

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace building has been designed to open out onto the city and its architectural heritage, providing visitors with a panoramic, river-to-mountain view. Conceived by Atelier TAG in consortium with Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architectes, this fifth pavilion, along with its exclusive new gallery settings, created by the MMFA in collaboration with Architem, bolster Montreal’s status as a UNESCO City of Design.

Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace

Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace
Photo © Marc Cramer

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, level 1 – The Salons of the Belle Époque

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, level 1 – The Salons of the Belle Époque: Romanticism. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Photo © Marc Cramer.

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, level 1 – Modern Avant-garde.

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, level 1 – Modern Avant-garde. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Photo © Marc Cramer.

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, level 3 – The Golden Age in Holland and Flanders: The Cabinet of Curiosities.

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, level 3 – The Golden Age in Holland and Flanders: The Cabinet of Curiosities. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Photo © Marc Cramer.

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, level 4 – The Medieval Nave. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, level 4 – The Medieval Nave. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Photo © Marc Cramer.

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, level 4. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, level 4. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Photo © Marc Cramer.

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, level 2 – The Napoleon Gallery.

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, level 2 – The Napoleon Gallery. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Photo © Marc Cramer.

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, level S1 – Family Lounge.

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, level S1 – Family Lounge. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Photo MMFA, Denis Farley.

Take part in the activities offered in the Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, level S1 – Family Lounge.

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, level S1 – Family Lounge. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Photo © Marc Cramer.

Thanks to partnerships with 400 associations, universities and scientific organizations, this new educational and community complex—the largest space dedicated to education in an art museum in North America—is a veritable laboratory of innovation. It is home to a host of educational and cultural activities for families, as well as school and community groups. Thanks to the generosity of Michel de la Chenelière, two levels of the new pavilion are devoted to education and art therapy. Such additional facilities enable the Museum to better meet the growing demand and continue its outstanding work in establishing close ties with the community and addressing matters of identity.

Enjoy a stroll along the new Zone Éducation-Culture

This vibrant hub on Bishop Street in front of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace is the result of a joint project of the Ville de Montréal, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Concordia University. The redevelopment of the transitional area between the Quartier du Musée and Quartier Concordia—a feature of which is the MMFA Sculpture Garden, which now extends from Avenue du Musée to Bishop Street—has given a new lease on life to this area of downtown.

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, level S2 – Rainbow Hall, with murals by the Montreal art collective MU.
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Get the souvenir publication*

The MMFA produced a souvenir publication to celebrate the memory of Mr. and Mrs. Hornstein and provide a reminder of their gifts of important works of art, particularly their major donation of 2012, which led to the building of the Museum’s fifth pavilion. The volume covers over a hundred artworks donated by the two Great Montrealers, as well as those purchased over the years by the Museum with the Hornsteins’ financial support.

The publication also includes the manifesto for a humanist museum penned by Nathalie Bondil, the Museum’s Director former Director General and Chief Curator, to mark the opening of the Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy.

* Nathalie Bondil, ed., Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace (Montreal: The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 2019). Its 124 pages featuring 238 illustrations.

This publication is on sale in both English and French versions at the M Boutique and Bookstore.

Album Souvenir

Acknowledgments: In tribute to our benefactors

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace is dedicated to the memory of these two benefactors, in recognition of their unflagging support and exceptional generosity.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts wishes to express its deep gratitude to the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec for its crucial financial contribution to the building of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace.

The Museum would also like to acknowledge the contribution of its great benefactor, Michel de la Chenelière, who, thanks to his inspiring commitment, made it possible to considerably expand the spaces dedicated to education and art therapy in this pavilion, and thus create the Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy, the largest educational complex in an art museum in North America.

The Museum wishes to thank the Government of Canada, which made the reinstallation of the international art collections possible.

It also wishes to salute the support provided by the Ville de Montréal in developing the public spaces surrounding its pavilions, which have become places dedicated to peace and social harmony.

Finally, our thanks for their indispensable support to all those individuals and organizations that helped make this pavilion a reality, including:

  • Bell
  • Edmund Clark in tribute to Brian Levitt
  • Jonathan and Dianne Deitcher in tribute to Moses Deitcher
  • Jacques Maurice and Dominique Bertrand
  • Maurice and Marie‐Josée Pinsonnault
  • The Rossy Family Foundation
  • The Museum’s Volunteer Association
  • An anonymous donor, in tribute to the Bloch‐Bauer family
  • All those whose names will be added to this list
Gouvernement du Canada
Gouvernement du Québec
Ville de Montréal - 375e anniversaire
Montréal ville UNESCO

Présentateur de l'année de la Paix

BMO
Fondation De la Chenelière
Air Canada
Bell
La Presse +
Montreal Gazette
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