Join your colleagues on this special behind-the-scenes tour of the conservation labs at the iconic Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal. In addition to your tour of the conservation facilities, you can also choose the focus of your tour of the collections – attendees can select either the Decorative Arts Track or the Contemporary Art Track, both of which are described below:
Decorative Arts Track Explore one of North America’s most important decorative arts and design collections on a guided tour led by Diane Charbonneau, curator of modern and contemporary decorative arts. Renowned for its scope, the collection comprises over 4,000 objects, including silverware, glass, ceramics, metal, textiles, enamels, and furniture. The richness of the materials and the range of styles testify to the quality of the collection and illustrate the evolution of the decorative arts between 1400 and 1900.
In addition, the collection includes many contemporary pieces. The collection retraces the major movements that have marked the history of decorative arts and design since 1900, especially Art Nouveau, Art Deco, modernism, and post-modernism. Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of the world’s top decorative arts and design collections with your peers.
Contemporary Art Track Enjoy a special guided tour given by the Head of conservation services, Richard Gagnier. As you are viewing the artwork, you will hear about conservation treatments and challenges of these complex pieces. The museum’s galleries showcase works created since 1980 by local, Canadian, and international artists: abstract and figurative paintings, multimedia projects, and minimalist and monumental sculptures are a testament to contemporary preoccupations. You will also have time to view the Sculpture Garden which constitutes a major collection of the most prominent names in contemporary sculpture: David Altmejd, Jim Dine, Antony Gormley, Henry Moore, and Jean-Paul Riopelle.