One of Montreal’s favourite museums, the Musée d’art contemporain (MAC) will be suspending activities for five months beginning June 28 to make way for extensive renovations. The museum building at Place des Arts, meanwhile, is set to close until 2025.
In the interim, beginning in November 2021, the museum will relocate just a short jaunt down rue Sainte-Catherine in an 11,000-square-foot space in Place Ville-Marie, complete with "an exhibit space, a projection room and a creative workshop for [educational] programs."
"To our great regret, the magnitude of the transformation project for the MAC, at the heart of Place des Arts, is entering a phase that is incompatible with welcoming visitors," John Zeppetelli, director and curator of the MAC, said in a press release.
Zeppetelli added that transferring the MAC to Place Ville-Marie "is a gigantic and extremely complex project, which requires rigorous planning, but which also marks the beginning of a particularly exciting new chapter in the history of the museum, namely the beginning of the expansion project."
The new MAC space at Place Ville-Marie will open at the corner of Mansfield and Cathcart in downtown Montreal.