The Many Faces of My Museum

    In support of the new Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace
    dedicated to international art, education and art therapy

    Goal: $1.5 million

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    Major Campaign 2014-2019

    Help make sure that art can touch everyone who wants to benefit from it

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  • Photo : Leda & St.Jacques (Rodeo Production), Montreal 2016. Costume and accessory designer: Daniel Séguin. Hair and make-up stylist: Nicolas Blanchet (Folio).

    My Inclusive Museum

    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.

    I’m donating to a Museum
    that’s open to the world,
    like me.

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  • Photo : Leda & St.Jacques (Rodeo Production), Montreal 2016. Costume and accessory designer: Daniel Séguin. Hair and make-up stylist: Nicolas Blanchet (Folio).

    My Socially Engaged Museum

    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.

    I’m donating to a Museum
    that’s caring,
    like me.

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  • Photo : Leda & St.Jacques (Rodeo Production), Montreal 2016. Costume and accessory designer: Daniel Séguin. Hair and make-up stylist: Nicolas Blanchet (Folio).

    My Inquisitive Museum

    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.

    I’m donating to a Museum
    that promotes social harmony,
    like me.

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  • Photo : Leda & St.Jacques (Rodeo Production), Montreal 2016. Costume and accessory designer: Daniel Séguin. Hair and make-up stylist: Nicolas Blanchet (Folio).

    My Welcoming Museum

    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.

    I’m donating to a Museum
    that’s open to everyone,
    like me.

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Please give

Goal: $1.5 million

$157

In tribute to the 157 years of history behind our Museum, founded in 1860

  • A ticket to a major MMFA exhibition
  • Inclusion in the roll of donors on the MMFA Foundation website

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$375

On the occasion of Montreal’s 375th anniversary

  • A ticket to a major MMFA exhibition
  • A ticket for a free audio-guide during an exhibition visit
  • Inclusion in the roll of donors on the MMFA Foundation website

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$800

$1 per work of art in the collection housed in the new Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace

  • Two tickets to a major MMFA exhibition
  • Two tickets for a free audio-guide during an exhibition visit
  • Mention in the Museum’s Annual Report
  • Inclusion in the roll of donors on the MMFA Foundation website

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$1,000

Major Donors Category

  • Four tickets to a major MMFA exhibition
  • Four tickets for a free audio-guide during an exhibition visit
  • Mention in the Museum’s 2016-2017 Annual Report
  • Mention in the Museum’s M magazine in the Tribute to our Benefactors section
  • Inclusion in the roll of donors on the MMFA Foundation website

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Behind the annual campaign

  • Photo © Marc Cramer

The new Michal and Renata Hornstein
Pavilion for Peace

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.

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The Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy: Art heals

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.

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1st

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.

1,000,000

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.

95,000

members

Its number of members has increased by 157% since 2010, reaching almost 95,000 members on March 31, 2016.

  • Jean-Michel Othoniel (born in 1964), The Peony Knot, 2015, mirrored blown glass, stainless steel, 300 x 300 x 200 cm. MMFA, purchase, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Volunteer Association Fund. Courtesy of Galerie Perrotin. © Jean-Michel Othoniel / SODRAC (2016). Photo MMFA, Denis Farley

Your Museum, your support

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:

  • It exported 12 exhibitions over the last 6 years, which made 25 stops in the Americas, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
  • The MMFA generates $104 million in economic benefits yearly for Montréal and Québec.
  • 33% of the MMFA’s visitors are tourists, and among them, 36% chose Montréal as a destination specifically in order to visit the MMFA.
  • The MMFA has reduced its cost per visitor by almost 50% since 1994 (from $61 to $31), despite the exceptional growth in its number of visitors.
  • These costs are half those of other Canadian art museums, while at the same time, the subsidies received per visitor decreased by 67% (from $46 to $15).
  • The MMFA’s operating budget ($34.7 million) is considerably lower than those of other Canadian art museums.
  • The MMFA operates on a fraction of the budget and resources available to comparable museums in the United States that host a million visitors per year.
  • The MMFA is the only cultural institution in Québec that manages to self-finance 100 % of the additional operating expenses engendered by its expansions, thanks to its independent fundraising campaigns. The Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art, inaugurated in 2011, is known as a model of management, and the same will be true of the future Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace.

Information

For more information on ways to give:

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Foundation
P.O. Box 3000, Station H
Montréal, Quebec H3G 2T9

514 285-2000 option 4
fondation@mbamtl.org

To learn more about our Young Philanthropists’ Circle, Angel Circle, President’s Circle, or Elite Circle, contact our customer service by telephone at 514 285-2000, option 4, or by email at fondation@mbamtl.org.

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