Catherine Desjardins, Project Manager – Transformationof the MAC, John Zeppetelli, General Director and Chief Curator of the MAC, Claudie Imbleau-Chagnon, President of the MAC board, Gilles Saucier, of the Saucier + Perrotte Consortium and GLCRM Architectes, Jennifer Dorner , Deputy General Director of the MAC and Marie-Josée Desrochers, President and CEO of Place des Arts


The Musée d’art contemporain continues its architectural transformation project

Montreal, January 19th, 2024 – It is with great enthusiasm that the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) announces the continuation of work on its historic transformation, which will enhance its integration into the Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal complex, in the Quartier des spectacles, in 2028. Following the second call for tenders held in fall 2023, we received bids that respect the transformation budget and recently signed contracts with the contractors selected to continue the work.

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Project Overview

A key player in Québec’s art ecosystem and cultural offer, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) is Canada’s largest and most important museum dedicated exclusively to contemporary art. To meet the new realities of this century and embrace an era of inclusion, accessibility and openness to the world, the MAC has undertaken the most important transformation in its history. 

The design conceived by the consortium Saucier + Perrotte and GLCRM Architectes is inspiring, luminous and relevant; a decidedly contemporary structure fully coherent with the museum’s raison d’être.With this transformation, the MAC embarks, visionary and alive, on a new chapter in its history and continues its momentum to embrace its full potential.

  • The building’s exterior will be transformed to allow for greater visibility and transparency between the museum, its environment and the communities it serves. 
  • The surface area of exhibition spaces will be increased to highlight the national collection and make it more accessible to the public. These enhanced spaces will be more versatile and feature cutting-edge technology, entirely redesigned to showcase all facets of contemporary art.
  • Education will occupy a central role within the new MAC in order to democratize access to contemporary art and respond to the needs and aspirations of today’s generation and generations of the future. 

In addition to creating important sociocultural spin-offs, the transformation of the MAC will inject new life into the downtown area and position the museum as a showcase for creativity and must-see destination at the heart of Place des Arts. Montréal will finally have a museum that reflects its ambitions and its dynamic art community, and the MAC will fully contribute to advancing and giving greater visibility to the city, its communities and its artists.


Exhibition Areas

Education and Youth

Visitor Services

Building Exterior

Traffic Flow and Access


  • April 2018: unanimous approval of the design project by the jury.
  • Summer 2021: closing of the MAC at Place des Arts.
  • Summer 2022: move to temporary location at Place Ville-Marie.
  • Spring 2023: press conference announcing the budget increase for the project.
  • Summer 2023: preparation of plans and revised bids, including verifying permits, municipal regulations, standards, codes, etc.
  • Summer 2023: worksite preparation at Place des Arts.
  • September 2023: Call for tenders launched.
  • December 2023: Awarding of the first contracts by lot.
  • January 2024: worksite mobilization and continuation of work.
  • January 2027: work completed.
  • 2027: moving the collections and renovation work.
  • January 2028: scheduled reopening of the MAC at Place des Arts.

The Fondation du MAC

The Fondation du Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (Fondation du MAC) has undertaken the most important fundraising campaign in its history to support the transformation of the MAC.  

The involvement and the support from the business and philanthropic worlds as well as the entire community will be a true measure of the success of this large-scale project for both Montréal and Québec.  

This project would not have been possible without the generous support of its patrons and donors. By supporting the major fundraising campaign led by the Fondation du MAC, you contribute directly to making contemporary art shine as well as Montréal’s cultural, economic and social growth. 

To lend your support to the MAC’s transformational project or learn more about our major campaign, please contact Catherine Julien, Director, Philanthropic Development and Major Campaign ([email protected]).

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