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The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has one of the highest attendance rates among Canadian museums. Every year, close to 770,000 people visit its unique encyclopedic collection and its original temporary exhibitions, which combine artistic disciplines (fine arts, music, film, fashion, design).
It is also one of Canada's leading publishers of art books in English and French, which are distributed worldwide. Over 100,000 families and school children take part in its educational, cultural and community-oriented programmes each year. The fall of 2011 saw the opening of a fourth pavilion at the Museum – the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art – and a 444-seat concert venue – Bourgie Hall – housing an outstanding collection of Tiffany stained glass windows.
The Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art by architects Provencer & Roy Associés Pavilion provides a striking space for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts with a glass and marble building that creates a “counterpoint” to the existing Erskine and American Church heritage church, engages with the site and establishes a visual connection with Mount Royal.
“The project was complex because it entailed designing a building capable of featuring the Quebec and Canadian art collections while establishing a dialogue with the church, with the museum’s other pavilions, and with the city,” explained Claude Provencher, founding partner of Provencher Roy + Associés Architectes.
From every level, glazed openings offer a view of the surroundings. At the building's foot, the museum's sculpture garden borders the volume. The project has received numerous awards including: 2010 Canadian Architect Awards of Merit, the Grand Prix du design 2011, and the Prix d’excellence 2011 from the Institut de développement urbain, 2012 Award for Architectural Integration of Montreal Architectural Heritage Campains and a 2013 OAA Design Excellence Award.
Join architect Matthieu Jeossrion and Paul Lavallée, Administration Director, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for a tour of the museum and the pavilions.