By Dorota Kozinska

In 2012, in a gesture that reverberated across the arts community, the two collectors and philanthropists donated their collection of Old Masters to the MMFA. We are talking about some 70 works of art worth over $75 million, with many masterpieces among them.

It is, to date, the most important and valuable private collection ever donated to a Quebec museum. And all of it is on display at the magnificent Michal and Renata Hornestin Pavilion for Peace, together with hundreds of other stunning pieces from the museum's vast collections.

Among some of the masterpieces on loan to the museum is the immediately recognizable religious painting, The Annunciation by Jan Provoost, c. 1500, and a sombre Portrait of Erasmus by Hans Holbein the Younger, c. 1530, paintings of the highest international calibre.

Pavilion for Peace Michal and Renata Hornstein, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Photo: Marc Cramer

Peony Knot (2015), Jean-Michel Othoniel,
on the 3rd floor of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace,
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. © Jean-Michel Othoniel / SODRAC (2016).
Photo: MMFA, Denis Farley



Add to it Pieter Brueghel the Younger's Spring, Jacques-Louis David's Saint Jerome, and the strange, mannerist work by Denzil O. Ibbetson, The Emperor Napoleon on His Deathbed, and you have the making of a diverse and rich collection.

The building itself is impressive: six storeys, four galleries, 4,958 square feet housing 750 works of art, from Old Masters to contemporary artists, as well as the new Michel de la Cheneliére International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy.

This, by the way, is the first so-called legacy project for Montreal's 375th anniversary.
The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion For Peace(lien externe)
(Metro Guy-Concordia)


The Annunciation, Jan Provoost



The Emperor Napoleon on His Deathbed, Denzil O. Ibbetson