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Canada’s premier museum dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, the Musée presents temporary exhibitions of works by Québec, Canadian, and international artists, and has a rich permanent collection comprised of close to 7,600 works, including the largest collection of art by Paul-Émile Borduas. With the support of its Education and Documentation Department, the museum offers a host of educational activities familiarizing the general public with contemporary art. It also stages numerous multimedia events: performances, contemporary music, video, and film—further fulfilling its mission of promoting contemporary art.

The museum stands on the west side of the Place des Arts esplanade, right next to the Place des Festivals. It is part of the largest cultural complex in Québec and Canada, where the performing arts and the visual arts are showcased alongside one another.

The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal was founded by the Québec government in 1964, at the instigation of artists and collectors who sought an institution that could build a collection of contemporary works by artists from Montréal, Québec, Canada, and around the world.

Perched atop the building, one can see a large close-up of a pair of lips, a photographic work entitled La voie lactée by artist Geneviève Cadieux.

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