January 7, 2014 – The first museum ever in Canada to devote its collection entirely to modern art, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) is a magical place in which to discover the latest names in creative genius, both in Québec as well as on the international art scene. Every major discipline is represented including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video and film.
Established in 1964, the museum was moved to its current prime downtown location, beside Place des Arts, in 1992. Its choice location has since become ever dearer: thanks to the newly-developed Quartier des Spectacles, or Entertainment District, the MAC now resides in the heart of the action for many festivals, including the Jazz Festival and FrancoFolies. The museum’s collection is further enhanced by the magnificent sculptures that adorn its lovely garden, a prime location in which to stage special events.
Educational Activities, Workshops and Special Events
The MAC is dedicated to both performing and visual art; the cultural complex hosts educational activities and stages numerous multimedia events, including performance, new dance, experimental theatre, contemporary music, video and film.
Stop by the MAC on the first Friday of the month for the most artistic 5 à 7 in town! The Friday Nocturnes series features live music, performances, bar service as well as entry to all of the museum’s exhibitions.
Making it Last
A visit to the boutique, bookstore, or restaurant is a nice way to make this memory linger longer. The bookstore includes a large selection of works on artists from the post-war period, catalogues, essays, reference books and specialty publications. A stop at the boutique may uncover a unique gift item or treasure that will serve to remind you of the character of the museum and its collection.
As crisply clean, pure, and contemporary as the rest of the building, the museum’s bistro Le Contemporain is infused with natural light, artistic influences and comforting flavours. On the menu? Simple, affordable and delicious regional fare that is sure to delight. Linger over lunch or enjoy a pre-show supper before whisking off to the adjacent Place des Arts.