750 works from Old Masters to contemporary artists
Major donation of Old Masters by Michal and Renata Hornstein
Total area of 4,958 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
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.
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.
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.
Designed by Atelier TAG in consortium with Jodoin, Lamarre, Pratte, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.