The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal was founded by the Government of Quebec in 1964, at the request of artists and collectors who wanted an institution to be responsible for building a collection of contemporary works by artists from Montreal, from Quebec, Canada and abroad.
The Museum opened to the public in March 1965 in temporary premises at Place Ville-Marie. Then, from 1965 to 1968, at Château Dufresne. In 1968, the Museum moved to the International Art Gallery of Expo 67 in the Cité du Havre. In 1983, the Museum was incorporated as a Crown corporation and the institutional mandate was stated as follows: "The functions of the Museum are to make known, promote and conserve contemporary Quebec art and to ensure a presence of the international contemporary art through acquisitions, exhibitions and other activities. "
The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal is at the heart of the Quartier des spectacles, a unique cultural complex in Canada, where performing and visual arts come together.
The first institution in Canada devoted exclusively to contemporary art, the Museum offers a varied program including the presentation of its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions of works by Quebec, Canadian and international artists. The permanent collection brings together nearly 7,600 works; the most important collection of works by Paul-Émile Borduas is part of it. Supported by its education and documentation service, the Museum offers numerous educational activities that familiarize the general public with contemporary art. In addition, the Museum presents many multimedia creations: performance, contemporary music, video and cinema that confirm its mandate as a presenter of contemporary art.
In the aftermath of the unfortunate conclusion of an exhibition dedicated to functions the Los Angeles based artist Edgar Arceneaux on account of this COVID-19 catastrophe, the MAC is introducing as a portion of its own electronic programming, the picture of his operation Until, Until, Until... that was originally commissioned by Performa at the big apple, to its Performa Biennial at 2015.
The MAC invites one to try out a collection creative struggles employing ordinary items which you may find in your home, at several straightforward actions. This creative effort is for everybody else! Share your invention on societal networking, label it #MACOMMUNAUTÉ, and then keep the dialog together with your impassioned mediators.
Immediately, the nature of the task is fascinating. Are you currently considering a collage? A picture? A painting? Or all three simultaneously? Look closely, and you're going to see hints that what is represented may possibly be a threedimensional space.