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With the addition of the new Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art and the Bourgie Concert Hall, the unveiling of a pavilion dedicated to the decorative arts and design and the reinstallation of all its collections of international art, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is Quebec's premier museum in regards to the size of its collection. Visitors can explore one of the largest encyclopedic collections in North America free of charge at all times.
One of the three largest collections of its kind in Canada, it includes examples of sculptures, glasswork, reliefs, Coptic textiles, Greco-Roman coins, sarcophagi and ceramics of the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean basin.
Today, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is inaugurating new permanent galleries devoted to Napoleon and the arts under the First Empire, thanks to a major gift – the collection of works assembled by the late Ben Weider, for whom Napoleon was a giant of history, one of the most influential figures of the nineteenth century, who helped to define the modern age. According to Nathalie Bondil, the Museum’s Director, This outstanding gift and Mr. Weider’s philanthropic desire to raise the profile of Napoleon have enabled us to acquire a group of works on long-term loan and have sparked offers of further gifts, so that the Museum can, at last, open an Empire gallery. Not only Montreal’s heritage but also that of Canada will be enriched, for this magnificent period in the arts was hitherto poorly represented for obvious historical reasons. We will always be extremely grateful to Mr. Weider.
The Napoleon galleries of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts constitute one of North America’s most important collections of items relating to Napoleon (1769-1821). They are open to the public free of charge at all times.
Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion
Non-Western ancient cultures from Asia, the Islamic world, Africa and Oceania are well represented. The collection of pre-Columbian art is the largest in Quebec and one of the largest in Canada.
The MMFA now has a collection of decorative arts and design that is unique in Canada. Bringing together some 16,000 works covering seven centuries, from the Renaissance to contemporary design, it is also one of the largest in North America.
The collection of Quebec and Canadian art is consisting of over 3,000 works created before 1980 The collection now has pride of place in the new Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion opened in 2011 and dedicated exclusively to it.
This collection forms part of three major series in Canada, reflecting the history of the aestheticism and generosity of their collectors and the efforts of curators, who have tirelessly continued to search out works to grow this remarkable collection.
Abstract and figurative paintings, multimedia projects, minimalist and monumental sculptures are a testament to contemporary preoccupations.
The sculpture garden constitutes a major collection of the most prominent names in contemporary sculpture.
This gallery attests to the development of Inuit artistic practice up to today, with an emphasis on the Inuit’s view of their milieu, from self-representation to the illustration of metamorphosis and legend.
Resplendent Venice was home to two Golden Ages, in art and music. This multidisciplinary exhibition is the first to explore the interaction between the visual arts, music and political culture in Venice: processions, charitable organizations, concert life, operas and festivals, and composers including the Gabrieli, Monteverdi and Vivaldi. With paintings by such artists as Titian, Tintoretto, Bassano, Piazzetta, Ricci, Tiepolo, Guardi, Longhi and Canaletto, the exhibition also includes prints, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, original period instruments and early music texts.
An exhibition initiated and produced by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
The most important Fabergé collection outside Russia is coming to Montreal – the exclusive Canadian venue. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Russian jeweller Carl Fabergé (1846-1920) created precious objects for the Czars Alexander III and Nicholas II. The name of this firm became synonymous with elegant craftsmanship in luxury jewellery, and is also associated with the final days of the Russian imperial family, a tragic story that marked the start of the twentieth century.
The exhibition features some 240 objects, including four of the most famous Easter eggs commissioned by the Romanovs. Enamelled picture frames, clocks, gold cigarette cases and knobs for walking canes, rock-crystal flowers, caskets and brooches encrusted with rubies continue to fascinate us as they did when they first appeared in the windows of the Fabergé stores in Saint Petersburg, Moscow and London.
An exhibition organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for the Montreal presentation.
Dates to be confirmed
This will be the first exhibition of Doig's work to be shown after the exhibition that circulated to Tate Modern in London, the Musée d'art moderne of Paris and the Frankfurt Schirn Kunsthalle in 2008. The exhibition will look at the way that the artist works in thematic and formal groupings, culminating in often large canvases and works on paper. These works are exotic in their subject matter, formally spare and monumental at the same time. Doig spent his youth in Montreal and in the Eastern Townships and it is here that he acquainted himself with the work of such major Canadian painters as David Milne, James Wilson Morrice and Ozias Leduc, of which he is a fine connoisseur. This exhibition is organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh.
Peter Doig (born in Edinburgh in 1959) is one of the most highly regarded and exciting painters working today. His reinvigoration of the decorative tradition in painting, his formal inventiveness, romantic suggestivity and his sensuous use of colour set him apart from the dominant conceptual approach of art today. His willingness to take up the challenge still posed by the paintings of Gauguin, Matisse, Bonnard, Marsden Hartley and Edward Hopper places him in a long line of great colourists, expressive handlers of paint and creators of richly textured worlds.
Despite German artists' exposure to and engagement with French art, "Expressionism" has come to be considered distinctly German. However, in its early twentieth-century beginnings, Expressionism was assigned no specific nationality, and it evolved as a lively exchange between artists based in Germany and new developments in modern French art. German Expressionism and France will demonstrate the rich dimensions of this exchange and the range of responses that it prompted.
This exhibition will feature works that the Expressionists encountered in exhibitions and collections in Germany and during their travels to Paris, showcasing French masterpieces once seen at important exhibition venues like Paul Cassirer's gallery in Berlin, Emil Richter's gallery in Dresden, the Berlin Secession, and the Sonderbund in Cologne of 1912, which presented more than ninety works by Van Gogh and twenty-five by Gauguin. It will also include works that once were part of important early twentieth-century German private collections of French art. Co-organized by the Kunsthaus Zurich and the Los Angeles County Museum in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Dans un esprit d'accessibilité et de découverte, le Musée poursuit enfin son engagement envers l'art contemporain en invitant en grande première l'artiste franco-américain Jules de Balincourt. Personnalité marquante de la scène picturale actuelle, Monsieur de Balincourt appartient à la génération d'artistes new-yorkais qui regroupe les Marcel Dzama, Kristin Baker et Dana Schutz. Ses oeuvres figurent notamment dans les collections du Brooklyn Museum, du Los Angeles County Museum of Art et du Museum of Contemporary Art de Los Angeles.
To mark the fifteenth anniversary of the publishing house La Pastèque, the Museum is presenting an original, playful exhibition featuring fifteen cartoonists who have contributed to the success of the company over the years: Isabelle Arsenault, Pascal Blanchet, Paul Bordeleau, Pascal Colpron, Cyril Doisneau, Patrick Doyon, Jean-Paul Eid, Pascal Girard, Real Godbout, Janice Nadeau, Michel Rabagliati, Marc Simard, Remy Simard, Siris and Leif Tande. Following a Museum visit and database research, they each chose a work from the Museum's collection and then created an original panel based on their choice.
Le Musée est un lieu de découvertes et de plaisir. Faites-en l’expérience en participant à une visite aux amorces humoristiques, telle que Quelqu’un vous attend dans la voiture ou encore J’ai les bleus. Le parcours thématique présente une dizaine d’œuvres de nos collections sous un angle inattendu, sans renoncer pour autant à la pertinence des commentaires. Laissez-vous surprendre…
dimanche français et anglais 13 h 30
Lectures on art
Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Maxwell Cummings Auditorium Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion 1379 Sherbrooke Street West
Nous vous offrons l’occasion de fêter votre enfant au Musée, un événement mémorable pour toute la famille. La fête commence par une visite des collections et se prolonge par un atelier pratique, le tout d’une durée de deux heures. Une demi-heure est ensuite consacrée au gâteau et aux souhaits d’usage sous la supervision des parents. Chacun des participants rapportera son chef-d’œuvre à la maison. Cette activité convient aux enfants de six ans et plus.
Tuesday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.1; Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m; Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
:: Closed December 25 and January 1.
Wednesday evenings, admission is half-price for adults.
Temporary exhibitions free for children aged 12 and under.
1 From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., only temporary exhibitions with admission fees are open.
The Montréal Museums Pass gives free access to one temporary exhibition.
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1379-1380 Sherbrooke Street West, Montréal