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The Art of Collecting

Montréal, September 14, 2015 — The SéminArts educational program on the art of collecting contemporary art will be offered for the sixth time at the Musée d’art contemporain (MAC) this fall. The program aims to equip all those who aspire (but haven’t yet dared) to build their own collection of contemporary art. Five sessions conducted in an atmosphere conducive to discussion and exchanges of ideas will give participants an opportunity to meet various players in the art world: artist, private collector, corporate collector, gallerist, and exhibition or museum curator. Held on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m., the series costs $225. The SéminArts program is offered thanks to the generous support of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation.

Attending as couples, with friends or on their own, participants all enjoy the friendly get-togethers with passionate players in the art world. Indeed, much of the success of the SéminArts evenings is due to these dynamic hosts ready to share their expertise. The experience at a glance:

  • Artists agree to open up their work space, occasionally for the first time, to as many as twenty-five curious visitors to whom they describe their creative process and the conditions under which they pursue their careers.
  • Gallerists receive, with the utmost professionalism, budding collectors who are sometimes perplexed or questioning.
  • Curators of corporate collections guide the groups of participants through the art on display in their workplace and explain the impact of contemporary art on employees and the importance of private and public corporate collections for the local art market.
  • Generous collectors agree to open the doors of their modest apartments or stylish homes to show how works of contemporary art have defined their living environments.

SéminArts: Fall 2015 and Winter 2016

In fall 2015, one series is scheduled in English, on Wednesday evenings from October 7 to December 2; in winter 2016, the series will run from March 23 to May 18. Sessions are also offered in French; details can be found on the Musée’s website at www.macm.org/activites-et-evenements/seminarts

The following topics will be covered:

Contemporary art
Visit the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Discover contemporary artworks in the Permanent Collection
What is contemporary art?

Artist’s studio
Visit a studio.
Meet an artist and discover brand-new works.
How does the artist respond to the demands made by the collector? By the gallerist?

Art gallery
Meet a gallerist.
Visit an exhibition.
What is the relationship between gallerist, collector and artist?

Corporate collection
Meet the curator of a corporate collection.
Discover a corporate collection.
How and why does a corporation collect contemporary art?

Private collection
Meet a private collector.
Discover a private collection.
How and why does one become a collector of contemporary art?

For information and registration, call 514 847-6244 or write [email protected].


Acknowledgements

The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal is a provincially owned corporation funded by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec. It receives additional funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts. The museum gratefully acknowledges their support and that of Collection Loto-Québec, the MAC’s principal partner. The MAC also thanks its media partners Cogeco and La Presse .


Source and Information

Head of Public Relations
Tel.: 514 847-6232

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