Thanks to the generosity of its many friends, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is committed, more than ever, to supporting social and community-centred values. This year’s opening of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace reflects this humanist mission clearly. It is a mirror of our city and its inhabitants: open and welcoming. By the way, some of these residents have jumped into the game by personifying popular works in the Museum’s collection. Get to know them in the pages that follow!
Anoukie Labelle, 10 years old, a fourth-grader, and Ariane van Doorn, a student at Concordia, lent their likenesses to this work in the Museum’s collection.
Thanks to its donors, the Museum is forever innovating by engaging in new avenues of development, recently with museum therapy. Works of art become tools to promote social harmony and wellbeing through scientific research programs in collaboration with Museum partners: universities, medical centres and more than 450 community organizations working for pre-schoolers, diversity, seniors and the underprivileged.
Isabelle Roy, a Marketing Director in Montreal, lent her likeness to this work in the Museum’s collection.
The benefactors of the Museum enable it to present dynamic and diversified exhibitions that relate to current issues, that question today’s realities, and that transform their viewers. The collections, containing more than 41,000 works, are so many windows that allow us to look into current topics or issues through multidisciplinary approaches. The topics are limitless, encouraging intercultural, plurigenerational and multi-sensorial conversations.
Michel Lepage, hairstylist, and Christophe Marois, violist, lent their likenesses to this work from the Museum’s collection.
The new Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy was inaugurated so that schoolchildren, families, seniors and adults from all backgrounds could feel warmly welcomed at the Museum. Thanks to our donors, the new family space, the Arc-en-ciel studio, the 12 interactive workshops, the digital lab and the concert hall provide free admission on weekends and on several occasions throughout the year to hundreds of thousands of visitors, often coming for the first time.
Marie-Ève Thibodeau lent her likeness to this work in the Museum’s collection.
In tribute to the 157 years of history behind our Museum, founded in 1860
On the occasion of Montreal’s 375th anniversary
$1 per work of art in the collection housed in the new Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace
Major Donors Category
Legacy of the 375th anniversary of Montréal
Dedicated to international art and education, the Museum’s fifth wing features 800 works of art spanning from the Middle Ages to contemporary art, including 100 Old Masters paintings donated by generous patrons Michal and Renata Hornstein, who recently passed away, as well as the donation made by Ben Weider in 2008 related to Napoleon I, the 19th and 20th century collections from Rodin through to Penone, which our visitors greatly enjoy, as well as many exceptional loans from private collections. A perfect showcase for a collection that is unique in Canada, housed on six levels, this new pavilion with luminous architecture and original interior design also displays the creations of contemporary artists along a Peace Trail that reminds us that this Museum, located at the heart of the cultural metropolis, aims to be humanistic, civic-minded, and inclusive.
Two floors of the new wing will be devoted to school, family, and community activities, as well as art therapy. The Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy will be the largest facility of its kind found within an art museum in North America.
A considerable influence on the community
Each year, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts welcomes over 300,000 participants to its educational and cultural activities and collaborates with over 450 community organizations: a Canadian record for an art museum!
New reception areas suited to young people and families
The new spaces include: a digital lab, an expanded lunch room for school visitors, a multi- functional area, a space for families, a gallery reserved for educational presentations, a school bus drop-off zone, and twelve interactive studios.
art museum in Canada
The MMFA is the top art museum in Canada, the 12th in North America, and the 58th in the world in terms of the number of visitors.
The MMFA is the only Canadian Museum to have hosted almost a million visitors in a year, and it has done so for the last three years.
Its number of members has increased by 157% since 2010, reaching almost 95,000 members on March 31, 2016.
In contrast to most museums in Québec and in Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a private museum, not a state-run institution. The MMFA must maintain a level of self-financing that is unequalled in Canada, representing almost 55% of its operating costs.
To do this, the Museum works each year to raise funds from the private sector to support its exhibitions, accessibility to collections and educational programmes, art conservation, and art publications.
The MMFA is an important ambassador for Québec on the international scene:
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