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The MAC to reopen its doors on June 24

Montréal, June 5, 2020 – The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) is pleased to announce its reopening for visitors as of June 24, just in time for the Fête nationale du Québec. The MAC will reopen with an adjusted schedule (open from Wednesday to Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m.) and special measures.

“I am pleased to announce free admission to the MAC on June 24 for our first day of reopening,” said John Zeppetelli, Director and Chief Curator of the MAC. “ We are firmly convinced that art can be a priceless source of comfort in situations of uncertainty and given these unprecedented times, we are thrilled to be able to reopen the Museum.”

Buying and booking tickets

For the free day on June 24th, as well as for subsequent days, visitors must book their tickets and time slots online: https://macm.org/en/buy-tickets/ (online ticketing will open June 20). MAC members may access the museum freely at any time, but they are nonetheless invited to book tickets and time slots online. No fee will be applied to the booking.

Ongoing exhibitions

The MAC is inviting the public to enjoy its art again and come discover or rediscover artists from its collection and its ongoing exhibitions, which will be extended: Painting Nature with a Mirror and Points of Light.

The purpose of art can sometimes be to bring people to reflect on and confront the harsh realities we live in. For bold visitors who aren’t afraid to question the modern world, the MAC is presenting as of July 4, two powerful and dystopian video works from Montreal artist Jon Rafman, which form a diptych in the artist’s mind : Disasters Under the Sun (2019) and Poor Magic (2017) (Beverly Webster Rolph Room).

Upcoming virtual events

The MAC will also be holding some free virtual events in the coming weeks, including:

  • A conversation on “The Perspectives, Challenges and Relaunch of Four Montreal Museums”
    Host and participant: John Zeppetelli (MAC)
    Participants: Nathalie Bondil (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts), Giovanna Borasi (Canadian Centre for Architecture) and Suzanne Sauvage (McCord Museum)
    June 19, 2020
  • World premiere of “Jardin de sculptures éphémères”, a performance created and choreographed by Marie Chouinard.
    June 30, 2020

The MAC will share further information on how to attend these online events in the near future.

Special measures

The Museum will be implementing special measures when it reopens to ensure the safety of its visitors and employees, while continuing to provide a pleasant, unparalleled experience. For example:

  • There will be a one-way route through the exhibitions, signs on the floor and walls, as well as multiple hand sanitizing stations to ensure visitors adhere to current safety guidelines.
  • It is highly recommended that visitors wear face coverings or face masks.
  • The following services are temporarily suspended: coat check, art workshops, guided tours, group tours and children’s parties.
  • The MAC day camps have been cancelled.
  • Cleaning intervals and housekeeping protocols have been enhanced.

The Museum is also asking people who are experiencing symptoms or not feeling well to stay home.

Since health is everyone’s business, the MAC is also asking visitors and its employees to follow the hygiene measures recognized and recommended by the Quebec government.

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 Government of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal 

Located in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal makes today’s art a vital part of Montréal and Québec life. For more than fifty years, this vibrant museum has brought together local and international artists, their works and an ever-growing public. It is also a place of discovery, offering visitors experiences that are continually changing and new, and often unexpected and stirring. The MAC presents temporary exhibitions devoted to outstanding and relevant current artists who provide their own particular insight into our society, as well as exhibitions of works drawn from the museum’s extensive collection. These may feature any and every form of expression: digital and sound works, installations, paintings, sculptures, ephemeral pieces, and more. In addition to its wide range of educational activities familiarizing the general public with contemporary art, the MAC organizes unique artistic performances and festive events. It is a window onto a myriad of avant-garde expressions that extend the reach of art throughout the city and beyond. 


Source and Information

Renseignements :
Roxane Dumas-Noël
Responsable des relations publiques
T. 514 944-4472 / [email protected]

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