November 15, 2013 ─ Private foundations dedicated to the dissemination of art, whether for profit or not, are rare in Québec. In reality, there’s only one. The creation of the DHC-ART Foundation for Contemporary Art (or simply the DHC) in autumn 2007 was cause for much celebration in Montréal. Since then, the Foundation has become a necessary stop on the city’s art scene.
Every DHC show is eagerly anticipated. While the Foundation, whose permanent location is in the heart of Old Montréal, seems to take particular pleasure in welcoming internationally distinguished artists (Sophie Calle, Christian Marclay, Jenny Holzer) who rarely do solo shows in Montréal, its group exhibits focus on well-developed themes that zero in on contemporary social concerns.
From cutting-edge multimedia exhibits to large-format film screenings to limited edition series, the DHC presents endless expressions of contemporary creativity. In addition, the establishment was the first in Montréal to offer a smartphone app as a gallery guide.
The DHC is renowned for the quality of its museum environment, from lighting to the length of its exhibitions. In fact, it’s practically a museum in itself, and all that’s missing are a collection and...entrance fees. At the DHC, admission is free!
The Foundation is the brainchild of Phoebe Greenberg and her passion for art. It was her investment that converted a historical building into an unusual vertical exhibition space, with its narrow halls spread over four floors. The basement is used for educational activities that change with the exhibits, and a second neighbouring building offers space for large-scale works.
If you’re looking for artistic innovation on an international level, the DHC is the place to be.