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“Contemporary Art & Czars of Russia's Easter Egg Jewelry”

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts)
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Founded in 1860 as the Art Association of Montreal by a group of Montreal art collectors and patrons, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) was one of the first museums in North America to build up an encyclopedic collection worthy of the name. It now numbers over 41,000 works from Antiquity to today, making it unique in Canada. It comprises paintings, sculptures, graphic arts, photographs and decorative art objects displayed in four pavilions: the Jean-Noel Desmarais Pavilion (international art), the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion (world cultures), the Liliane and David M. Stewart Pavilion (decorative arts and design) and the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion (Quebec and Canadian art). The latter, which was inaugurated in September 2011, includes a 444-seat concert hall - Bourgie Hall - featuring an important group of Tiffany stained glass windows. A fifth wing, the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace devoted to international art and education, will open in late 2016 to launch Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations.
Reviewed June 15, 2014

With our paid admission, a guided tour was for free in the Art Museum. The tour guide was very good, and in about 45 minutes brought us through the major pieces in the modern art section of the museum. I highly recommend the tour since the guide provides insight into the art that cannot be gleamed by reading the description accompanying the artwork. The selection of art was quite good and provided a range from the more modern art to contemporary pieces including some technology incorporated with a few pieces. The artist depictions were with a bit of a socialist slant which isn't unusual for that community. Some of the more traditional pieces of art were also very good, with several from the Dutch masters which are always quite good, including a portrait done by Rembrandt. The museum should highlight that piece since you would never spot it unless you carefully proceed through the collection and can recognize his work.

The exhibit of the "easter egg" jewelry of the czars of Russia was interesting, but quite frankly, a 15 minute walk through is about all one can take of it. Just not too interesting to spend hours looking at. The best part of this section was the gift shop which had replica jewelry at a relatively decent price.

One of my favorite part the museum was walking up and down the stairs which were unique in their design--sort of a 1/2 step that was actually fun or challenging, depending on your opinion, to go up or down.

I would schedule about 2 hours for a quick walk through of the museum.

Thank joepulitzer
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Reviewed June 14, 2014

While I enjoyed very much my two hours at this museum, I felt as if the rooms could be arranged in a different manner. There were a several installations that were of great interest as well as Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon Dreamscapes. The Napoleon exhibit was well curated with helpful information provided to remind the viewer of the historic timeline.

Thank CharlotteWalker
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Reviewed June 12, 2014

This art museum and gallery is the best free museum I have ever been to, actually the best art museum in general. Not only is the collection of the museum completed with some great masters but what really impressed me was the structural concept behind everything. Must do

2  Thank Jan_Klenner
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Reviewed June 12, 2014

Excellent museum with truly world class art. Great thing to do on a rainy day! Very long walk to get around the whole museum but worth it.

Thank mgaustin53
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Reviewed June 12, 2014

they have combined three spaces into one with connections underground from one building to another. There are notable works from every century. Especially appreciated is the FREE audio acoompaniment to listen to while viewing the paintings. Never seen before and I haunt museums on four continents. A GREAT IDEA, unless you do not like classical music. This museum is in fact vast and do not miss a pass through the Arts Decoratifs or furniture and glassware collection, even briefly

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