The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is currently undergoing exceptional growth. It has one of the highest attendance rates among Canadian museums. More than one million people visit its unique encyclopaedic collection every year. Its original temporary exhibitions, which combine artistic disciplines (fine arts, music, film, fashion, design), feature innovative exhibition designs and are circulated across Europe and North America.
The MMFA is also one of Canada’s leading publishers of art books in English and French, which are distributed worldwide. In the fall of 2011, the Museum inaugurated its fourth pavilion – the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art – and a 444-seat concert venue – Bourgie Hall – including an outstanding collection of Tiffany stained glass windows. The Museum incorporates music into its exhibitions so that its visitors may discover the visual arts in new ways through musical promenades and other activities.
The Studios Art & Education Michel de la Chenelière, which were inaugurated in 2012, have doubled the Museum’s facilities for schools, families and community groups, and are visited by close to 200,000 people every year. A fifth building, the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, devoted to international art and education, will open in late 2016, in time for Montreal’s 375th anniversary.