Since taking over as Director and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1380 Sherbrooke Street West. Natalie Bondil has initiated innovative programming that has distinguished the MMFA on the international scene. She will be discussing that and more in her presentation Montreal’s world class Musée des beaux-arts, at the March meeting of the Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal on Tuesday, March 21 at 12:30 p.m. at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke Street West.
Some of the changes Natalie has made include introducing music to the Museum. She has boldly undertaken the conversion of the heritage Erskine and American United Church sanctuary that hosts one of the largest collections of religious stained glass installations from the studio of Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows into a 462-seat concert hall featuring 200 plus concerts annually.
In 2011, Natalie and her team undertook the study, restoration and reinstallation of some 4,000 works from the Museum’s comprehensive collection and led the enlargement of the Museum’s new educational facilities for school groups and families, doubling attendance from 100,000 to 200,000 schoolchildren per year by 2017.
Today MMFM has approximately 94,000 members, and is the only Canadian museum to have welcomed over 1 million visitors in 2013 and 2014.
Admission is for the presentation free for members and $10 for guests and in spite of its title welcomes both women and men. Reservations are not required.
A light sandwich lunch with tea or coffee is available from 11:15 for $5
This is the sixth in the club’s presentations for the year held the third Tuesday of the fall, winter and spring months. For more information about the event or membership phone 514.932.4005