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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: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.1; Thursday and Friday: 10 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.
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
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.
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 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.
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 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 Benjamin-Constant’s 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.
Rodin completely revitalized the very language of sculpture with his passion for the creative act. The ongoing interplay of accidents and chance in his work, his figures fragmented only to be reconstituted through this ingenious cobbling together, enabled him to interpolate his work in an endless flow of creation. He was at the forefront of twentieth-century aesthetic thought: the role of the pedestal, enlargement, assemblage, ready-made…
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.
Lectures on art
Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Maxwell Cummings Auditorium Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion 1379 Sherbrooke Street West
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
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.
1379-1380 Sherbrooke Street West, Montréal