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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.
Tuesday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.1; Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. to 5 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 are open.
The Montréal Museums Pass gives free access to the Museum.
The Collections and Discovery Exhibitions: free access for Ages 30 and under (These admission fees do not apply to groups. Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult).
Free admission for all the last Sunday of each month.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The first major exhibition on Orientalism to be presented in Canada, this unusual retrospective presents an acclaimed painter of the Belle Époque, Benjamin-Constant. Visitors will discover his dazzling colour palette, influenced by his trips to Moorish Spain and the Morocco of the cherifas.
His huge, spectacular canvases, which are travelling for the first time, conjure up fantasies of a dreamlike Orient, viewed through the prism of folklore, ethnographic pretext and the erotic imagination. Between seductive mirages and masked realities, this major exhibition also exposes the lies of a republic of colonies, put into perspective with paintings by artists of his time, from Delacroix to Gérôme, and reactions by contemporary artists.
An exhibition organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée des Augustins, Toulouse.
This exhibition constitutes an overview of the career of Montreal painter Marion Wagschal, whose oeuvre focuses on family portraits against a background of historical afflictions –Nazism, deportation and flight. As a figurative painter, she has been somewhat marginalized by art history, which since the 1960s has ranked abstract art above the figurative. With her marked preference for sometimes extravagantly empathetic figuration, the avant-garde she identifies with is that of the straining bodies of Ensor, Bacon and even Klimt. Like that of Betty Goodwin, her work anticipated the focus on the body which was to inspire the younger generation of artists and which, perhaps more than modernist painting, is intimately linked to other forms of art. This is the first retrospective of Marion Wagschal's oeuvre to be presented in a museum in Quebec.
Presented for the first time, this collection of original posters produced by Andy Warhol reveals the artist's remarkable contribution to the art of poster design. Throughout his career, Andy Warhol easily crossed the boundaries between fine art and graphic design; in fact, he made no distinction between art and advertising. Posters were a natural medium for this talented artist, and he was much in demand to promote some of the most renowned celebrities, causes, and brands of his time. Arranged chronologically, they present a fascinating array of subjects, including cultural events, musicians, politics, and iconic brands. Seen in their entirety, these posters— bearing all the hallmarks of the artist's finest work—both reflect and reveal the cultural zeitgeist that drove Warhol's innovative practice. A richly illustrated catalogue raisonné will come with this exhibition.
Une invitation à des activités familiales d'exploration et de création sous le thème de l'exposition vedette de l'été Fabergé, joaillier des tsars.
Laissez-passer distribués gratuitement au Lounge des familles des Studios Art & Éducation Michel de la Chenelière dès 10 h le jour de l'activité.
dès 10 h
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.
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
1379-1380 Sherbrooke Street West, Montréal