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Published on November 5, 2016

Inauguration of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace

The inauguration of the new Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace dedicated to international art and education
to celebrate Montreal’s 375th anniversary.

“Target achieved! The first legacy project celebrating the 375th anniversary has been delivered… ahead of time,” declared Nathalie Bondil, Director General and Chief Curator. “ It will be an outstanding asset, raising the social, educational, cultural and tourism profile of Montreal and of the whole country.”

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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.

“Our parents lived life on a grand scale,” said their children, Norbert and Sari. “They squeezed a lot from the opportunities they were given. They lived a lot, accomplished a lot and gave a lot. To us, their children, they provided a model to shoot for. Our parents weren’t just great individuals and a remarkable couple. They were citizens who loved Montreal, their adopted city, and contributed to making it an even more wonderful place to live.”

“We are deeply honoured to be inaugurating the Pavilion for Peace, named for two great Montrealers and prominent benefactors, Michal and Renata Hornstein,” said Jacques Parisien, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts President. Both the Board of Trustees and I feel it is very important to give all audiences access to the Museum. I hope that visitors come in large numbers to discover our new pavilion.”

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. We offer our participants, a record number in Canada, innovative activities and programmes, in conjunction with our 450 community, university and medical partners.

“Art does you good! Yes, art can change, improve, even transform someone’s life. It’s been proven,” says Michel de la Chenelière, this great benefactor of education. “And it will be confirmed by much more research initiated by our Museum in collaboration with university researchers. Still, it’s mainly the people who tell me how the Museum has changed the course of their lives, who get me excited, who motivate me and inspire me.”

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.

Opening to the public November 19

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