It is with mixed emotions that I will be stepping down in 2024 from my position as Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. This decade-long mandate has been a great privilege and an incredible learning experience, not only in terms of my commitment to the arts community, but also in terms of the enormous responsibility it has entailed. Supported by dedicated and passionate teams, I have spared no effort to shine a light on art and artists, and to bring them to ever larger and more diverse audiences. It has certainly been the greatest honour of my life.

In recent years, the Museum has presented extraordinary exhibitions, celebrated outstanding artists, both local and international, and enriched its collection with a remarkable range of new works. We have actively engaged audiences of all ages through multiple educational initiatives and public programs. I know that we have been able to spark meaningful conversations that have not only shaped the cultural landscape of our beloved city but have also resonated beyond its borders. The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal remains a bastion of inspiration, innovation and daring. I’m extremely proud to have been a part of that.

As I leave to explore new opportunities, I am confident that the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal will continue to thrive and evolve under its new leadership, supported by an exceptional and dedicated Board of Directors. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the deeply committed and motivated staff, the brilliant artists and the dynamic community who have transformed almost every moment spent at the museum into something extraordinary. Together, we have cultivated a space that not only stimulates and delights, but also challenges and confronts – a space rooted in the complexities of the world.

Finally, I’m reassured to be leaving at a time when the MAC’s transformation project is in good shape. On the eve of its 60th anniversary, I wish it a future that reflects its rich history, in a new setting that will enable it to embrace its full potential as Canada’s foremost museum of contemporary art.

Thank you,

John Zeppetelli