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Art québécois et canadien

Pavillon Claire et Marc Bourgie

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Quebec and Canadian Art Collection

The MMFA’s Quebec and Canadian art collection is exhibited in a unique display that celebrates the history of a rich, though often little-known, heritage. The nearly 600 works displayed on six floors date from the colonial period to the flourishing of painting in Montreal and Canada in the 1960s and 1970s. The pavilion also features a space dedicated to Inuit art.

Level 4

Inuit Art

Level 3

Founding Identities


Level 2

The Era of Annual Exhibitions


Level 1

Towards Modernism


Level S1

The Age of the Manifesto


Level S2

Expanding Fields


Thematic Presentation: The Contemporary Art Society of Montreal

To be explored on Level 1

The Contemporary Arts Society of Montreal (1939-1948) stood apart among all other arts organizations in Canada in its defense of the right to free artistic expression. Founded by painter and critic John Lyman, it was dedicated to promoting Modern art and bridging the divide between Montreal’s English and French communities.

In this display, several recent acquisitions and other rarely shown works – some of which have been restored or reframed – underscore the organization’s remarkable role in championing Modernism.

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