1) The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace ? International Art and Education. Photo © Marc Cramer
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is opening the doors of its Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace for the first time. Opening officially in November 2016, it will be part of the legacy of Montreal?s 375th anniversary. The architectural quality of the pavilion, built by the consortium of Atelier TAG and Jodoin Lamarre Pratte Architectes, two Montreal architectural firms chosen by competition in 2013, bolsters Montreal?s status as a UNESCO city of design.
The architecture of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace opens up onto the city, the mountain and the river. It embodies the Museum?s fundamental values: inclusive, open to diversity and rooted in its community. The collection generously donated by the Hornsteins to the community will be showcased in the new pavilion?s spacious galleries, the largest in the Museum complex,? said Jacques Parisien, the Museum?s new President.
Following the remarkably generous gift of 75 works by Michal and Renata Hornstein in 2012, making the MMFA?s old masters collection the second largest in Canada, the Museum received special funding from the Quebec government to add a fifth pavilion to its museum complex. Regrettably, Michal Hornstein died recently, but his wife, Renata, commented, ?I?m deeply moved as I discover this pavilion, which has been designed with great ingenuity. lt will help showcase the collection my husband and I built throughout our lives and cherished for so many years. Michal spent his career in real estate development, and so he appreciated the building?s design, especially the abundance of natural light. In a few months, it will be the public?s turn to discover our works and the Museum?s entire collection of international art in this magnificent setting.?
On this occasion, Nathalie Bondil, the Museum?s Director and Chief Curator, unveiled the Path of Peace, a contemporary ar...