The Michal and Renata Hornstein
    Pavilion for Peace

The opening of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace
signals the start of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations.

750 works from Old Masters to contemporary artists
Major donation of Old Masters by Michal and Renata Hornstein
Total area of 4,363 square metres for fifth pavilion in the Museum complex
New Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy
First legacy project for Montreal’s 375th anniversary

  • James Tissot (1836-1902), October, 1877. MMFA, gift of Lord Strathcona and family.
  • Claude Monet (1840-1926), A Cliff at Pourville in the Morning, 1897. MMFA, purchase, John W. Tempest Fund.
  • Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Embrace, 1971. MMFA, gift of Jacqueline Picasso. © Estate of Picasso / SODRAC (2016)
  • Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), The Sirens, about 1887 1888. MMFA, gift of the Huntly Redpath Drummond family.
  • Jacopo Comin, called Tintoretto (1518-1594), Portrait of a Member of the Foscari Family, about 1555 1560. MMFA, purchase, John W. Tempest Fund.
  • Henri Matisse (1869-1954), Seated Woman, Back Turned to the Open Window, about 1922. MMFA, purchase, John W. Tempest Fund. © Estate of H. Matisse / SODRAC (2016)
  • Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669), Portrait of a Young Woman (Magdalena van Loo?), about 1668. MMFA, Mrs. R. MacD. Paterson Bequest.
  • Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770), Apelles Painting the Portrait of Campaspe, about 1726. MMFA, Adaline Van Horne Bequest.
  • Jean Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), A Panel of Experts, 1982. MMFA, gift of Ira Young. © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / SODRAC (2016)
  • Otto Dix (1891-1969), Portrait of the Lawyer Hugo Simons, 1925. MMFA, purchase, grant from the Government of Canada under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act, gifts of the Succession J.A. DeSève, Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Andrea Bronfman, Mr. Nahum Gelber and Dr. Sheila Gelber, Mrs. Phyllis Lambert, the Volunteer Association and the Junior Associates of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Mrs. Louise L. Lamarre, Mr. Pierre Théberge, the Museum's acquisition fund, and the Horsley and Annie Townsend Bequest. © Estate of Otto Dix / SODRAC (2016)
  • Joan Miró (1893-1983), Head, 1976. MMFA, gift in memory of Barry Seymour Boyd. © Successió Miró / SODRAC (2016)
  • Paolo Caliari, called Veronese (1528-1588), Christ Crowned with Thorns, about 1584 1585. MMFA, purchase, the Museum Campaigns 1988-1993 and 1998-2002 Funds, gift in memory of Dr Alicja Lipecka Czernick and her husband, Dr Stanislas Czernick, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' Volunteer Association Fund, and Horsley and Annie Townsend Bequest.

Discover art through the ages by way of 750 works, from the Middle Ages to today.

Mantegna, Veronese, Tintoretto, El Greco, Brueghel, Ribera, Snyders, Rembrandt, Poussin, Tiepolo, Gainsborough, Corot, Daumier, Tissot, Monet, Rodin, Matisse, Dix, Miró, Picasso, Giacometti, Hoffmann, Beuys, Soulages, Richter, Basquiat… not to mention Ben Weider’s Napoleon collection.

The only collection of its kind in Quebec and the second largest in Canada, it has been enhanced by some outstanding loans from private collections.

  • Renata & Michal Hornstein
  • Adriaen Isenbrandt (?-1551/active from 1510), The Adoration of the Magi, 1520s (?). MMFA, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michal Hornstein
  • Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem (1562-1638), The Hesperides Filling the Cornucopia, 1622. MMFA, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michal Hornstein.
  • Christian Luycks (1623-about 1670), Banquet Still Life with Silver and Gilt Vessels, a Nautilus Shell, Porcelain, Food and Other Items on a Draped Table, about 1650. MMFA, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michal Hornstein.
  • Joos de Momper the Younger (1564-1635), Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568-1625), Wide Mountain Landscape with Travellers and Beggars, about 1620. MMFA, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michal Hornstein.
  • Pieter Jansz. Pourbus (1523/24-1584), Portrait of a Twenty‑five‑year‑old Man and Portrait of an Eighteen‑year‑old Woman, 1574. MMFA, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michal Hornstein.

Discover the remarkable Michal and Renata Hornstein Donation.

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion was named in honour of these generous Montreal patrons who survived the Holocaust. Major Quebec and Canadian philanthropists, they made the exceptional gift to the Museum of one hundred Old Master paintings, which considerably enriched our collection of international art. It is the largest private donation made to a Quebec museum in modern history.

  • Jean-Michel Othoniel Born in Saint-Étienne, France, in 1964 The Peony Knot 2015 Mirrored blown glass, stainless steel MMFA, purchase, Ginette Trépanier Bequest, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' Volunteer Association Fund, generously made possible by Galerie Perrotin (C) Jean-Michel Othoniel / SODRAC (2016) Photo MMFA, Denis Farley
  • PATRICK BEAULIEU The Arcs, two-part installation made up of 1,111 birds gathered into 15 groups, 2016.
  • PATRICK COUTU Eruption, 2016. MMFA, purchase, Ginette Trépanier Bequest.
  • KIKI SMITH Untitled, 1988. On loan from the Hershenfield Family Collection. © Kiki Smith, courtesy Pace Gallery
  • ROBERTO PELLEGRINUZZI Interlacings, 2016. MMFA, purchase, Ginette Trépanier Bequest.
  • ERIC FISCHL Tumbling Woman, 2002. On loan from the artist.
  • ANTONY GORMLEY Turn V, 2013. On loan from a private collection.
  • YANNICK POULIOT Self-portrait, 2016. MMFA, purchase, Ginette Trépanier Bequest.
  • MARTHA TOWNSEND Belonging, 2016. MMFA, purchase, Ginette Trépanier Bequest and Fund of the Women of Influence Circle.

Follow the Path of Peace.

Creations by contemporary artists have been installed throughout the pavilion: Patrick Beaulieu, Mathieu Beauséjour, Patrick Coutu, Antony Gormley, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Roberto Pelegrinuzzi, Yannick Pouliot, Barbara Steinman and Martha Townsend… as well as works by the collectives EN MASSE and MU.

  • Photo © Marc Cramer
  • Photo © Marc Cramer
  • Photo © Marc Cramer
  • Photo © Marc Cramer
  • Photo © Marc Cramer
  • Photo © Marc Cramer
  • Photo © Marc Cramer
  • Photo © Marc Cramer

Visit six levels of this architectural gem and admire its daring gallery designs.

Designed by Atelier TAG in consortium with Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architectes, the architecture of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace opens up onto the city and its architectural heritage, offering visitors a panoramic view from the river to the mountain.

The architectural quality of this major legacy project and the daring new gallery designs created by the MMFA in collaboration with Architem bolster Montreal’s status as a UNESCO City of Design.

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

Thanks to our partnerships with 400 associations, universities and scientific organizations, this new educational and community complex is a veritable laboratory of innovation. It is the largest educational complex in an art museum in North America.

It features 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 storeys of the new pavilion are devoted to education and art therapy. These new facilities will enable the Museum to better meet the growing demand and pursue its outstanding work of establishing ties with the community and addressing matters of identity.

  • Source : Ville de Montréal

Enjoy the new Zone Éducation-Culture.

This vibrant hub on Bishop Street in front of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace is a joint project with the Ville de Montréal, the Museum and Concordia University. The reinstallation of this transitional area between the Quartier du Musée and Quartier Concordia will give a new lease on life to this downtown area, which is very popular with tourists, members of the Concordia community and Museum visitors. By 2017, the MMFA’s Sculpture Garden will also be expanded and will extend from Du Musée Avenue to Bishop Street.

Souvenir publication

On the occasion of the inauguration of the new Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has produced a souvenir publication to celebrate the memory of Mr. and Mrs. Hornstein and to recall their gifts of important works of art, especially their major donation of 2012 that led to the construction of the Museum’s fifth pavilion. This volume features over a hundred works donated by these two Great Montrealers, as well as works purchased by the Museum over the years with the Hornsteins’ financial support.

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

Published in English and French by the MMFA’s Publications Department, under the general editorship of Nathalie Bondil, 124 pages, 238 illustrations, On sale at the Museum Boutique and Bookstore starting November 19, 2016.

CD: Art through the ages

A musical selection inspired by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ collection of international art. Pursuing the dialogue between the visual arts and music, the Museum, in collaboration with ATMA Classique, compiled a CD featuring music inspired by the international art collection. The pieces were selected by François Filiatrault with assistance from Claude Nadon, from ATMA’s catalogue. It features works by composers such as Claude Debussy, Richard Wagner, Astor Piazzolla and Nino Rota.

Buy it now!


The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace is dedicated to the memory of these two patrons 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 also recognizes 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 emphasize the support given by the City of Montreal in the form of upgrades to the public areas surrounding its pavilions, which have become places dedicated to peace and social harmony.

The Museum salutes the contribution of BMO – Financial Group as the presenter of the opening events for the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace and the events for the Year of Peace at the Museum. It thanks Air Canada, as well as Bell, La Presseand the Montreal Gazette for their ongoing support.

Finally, our thanks for their indispensable support to all those individuals and businesses that have helped make this pavilion a reality, in particular Bell, Edmund Clark in tribute to Brian Levitt, Jonathan and Dianne Deitcher in tribute to Moses Deitcher, Jacques Maurice and Dominique Bertrand, the Museum’s Volunteer Association and an anonymous donor paying tribute to the Bloch-Bauer family, as well as all those whose names will be added to this list.