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A City's Museum: A History of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

A HISTORY OF THE MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

This book tells the story of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts since its inception in 1860, a story closely linked to that of the city, Quebec society, and the major cultural movements of the twentieth century. It traces the development of the Museum's encyclopedic collection, one of the country's largest. It describes the various building projects, from the first, no longer extant building on Phillips Square to today's monumental complex on Sherbrooke Street. It recounts how a small association of enlightened art enthusiasts became one of the country's most important cultural institutions, ever more open to the world.
Georges-Hebert Germain has brought this history to life in the form of an enthralling story. In collaboration with the Museum's team, he went through archives, visited the reserve holdings, and much more. He also met with the key players of the previous decades, making us privy to their memories, their enthusiasm, and their past and future ambitions. He acquaints us with an institution that for nearly 150 years has been open to the new and to serving the interests of art and the public.
Every era in this history of the Museum is richly illustrated with images that in large part are published here for the first time; they amount to nearly 600 reproductions, including many vintage prints and photographs, and over 200 colour illustrations of works in the Museum's collections.

Title: A City's Museum: A History of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 
Author: Georges-Hebert Germain 
Publisher: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 
Format: Hardcover 
Pages: 270 
Theme: Exhibition catalogue 
Language: English 
Release date: January 2007 
ISBN: 9782891923194 

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