The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace was named in honour of these generous benefactors, a couple who survived the Holocaust and made Montreal their home. Major Quebec and Canadian philanthropists, their exceptional gift to the MMFA of over one hundred Old Master paintings, which considerably enriched its collection of international art, is the largest private donation made to a Quebec museum in modern history.
Follow the Path of Peace
See works by contemporary artists that have been cleverly incorporated throughout the pavilion. Those artists include:
- Patrick Beaulieu
- Mathieu Beauséjour
- Patrick Coutu
- Antony Gormley
- Jean-Michel Othoniel
- Roberto Pelegrinuzzi
- Yannick Pouliot
- Barbara Steinman
- Martha Townsend
- The collectives EN MASSE and MU
Visit the six levels of this architectural gem and its strikingly designed galleries
The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace building has been designed to open out onto the city and its architectural heritage, providing visitors with a panoramic, river-to-mountain view. Conceived by Atelier TAG in consortium with Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architectes, this fifth pavilion, along with its exclusive new gallery settings, created by the MMFA in collaboration with Architem, bolster Montreal’s status as a UNESCO City of Design.
Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace
Photo © Marc Cramer
Partial view of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace. Photo MMFA, Denis Farley
The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, level 3 – The Golden Age in Holland and Flanders: The Cabinet of Curiosities. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Photo © Marc Cramer.
The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, level 4 – The Medieval Nave. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Photo © Marc Cramer.
The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, level 4. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Photo © Marc Cramer.
The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, level S1 – Family Lounge. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Photo MMFA, Denis Farley.
Take part in the activities offered in the Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy
The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, level S1 – Family Lounge. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Photo © Marc Cramer.
Thanks to partnerships with 400 associations, universities and scientific organizations, this new educational and community complex—the largest space dedicated to education in an art museum in North America—is a veritable laboratory of innovation. It is home to 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 levels of the new pavilion are devoted to education and art therapy. Such additional facilities enable the Museum to better meet the growing demand and continue its outstanding work in establishing close ties with the community and addressing matters of identity.
Enjoy a stroll along the new Zone Éducation-Culture
This vibrant hub on Bishop Street in front of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace is the result of a joint project of the Ville de Montréal, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Concordia University. The redevelopment of the transitional area between the Quartier du Musée and Quartier Concordia—a feature of which is the MMFA Sculpture Garden, which now extends from Avenue du Musée to Bishop Street—has given a new lease on life to this area of downtown.
Acknowledgments: In tribute to our benefactors
The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace is dedicated to the memory of these two benefactors, 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 would also like to acknowledge 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 salute the support provided by the Ville de Montréal in developing the public spaces surrounding its pavilions, which have become places dedicated to peace and social harmony.
Finally, our thanks for their indispensable support to all those individuals and organizations that helped make this pavilion a reality, including:
- Edmund Clark in tribute to Brian Levitt
- Jonathan and Dianne Deitcher in tribute to Moses Deitcher
- Jacques Maurice and Dominique Bertrand
- Maurice and Marie‐Josée Pinsonnault
- The Rossy Family Foundation
- The Museum’s Volunteer Association
- An anonymous donor, in tribute to the Bloch‐Bauer family
- All those whose names will be added to this list