By Dorota Kozinska

In 1999, the flamboyant director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Guy Cogeval, hired her as curator for European art, and in 2000, promoted her to chief curator. In 2007, she became the first woman director of the MMFA. She has to her credit some of the most spectacular exhibitions to be held at the museum - Warhol Live: Music and Dance in Andy Warhol's Work (2008), Imagine: The Peace Ballad of John & Yoko (2009), From Manhattan to the Bauhaus (2012), to name but a few - raising the number of members to 95,000, and is also responsible for the addition of two buildings to the museum complex.

Born in Barcelona in 1967, and raised in Morocco, Bondil holds both the Canadian and French citizenship, and on October 13, during his visit to Canada, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls promoted her to Officier des arts et des lettres of France. At the same time, like a cherry on a cake, Jacques Parisien, Chairman of the MMFA's Board of Trustees, extended her contract for another five years. A smart move, considering the many educational and innovative programmes she has launched while head of the museum, including art therapy workshops.

"I am thankful to the Board members for their confidence in me: none would have been possible - and this is the truth - without their judicious support, without the excellence of our teams, without this inspiring country that brings out the best in me," Bondil said during the ceremony.

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Manuel Valls and Nathalie Bondil, October 13, 2016
Photo MMFA Stephane Dionne

Nathalie Bondil
Photo SGP Le Pigeon