Whether it’s the latest edition of the Montreal Biennale or the hottest international art star’s first solo exhibition on Canadian soil, the MACM is where you’ll find it. It’s the only publicly funded contemporary art institution in the city, so its mandate is lofty, but its vigilant curatorial staff creates wonders on a daily basis. Coups have included the Canadian premiere of Christian Marclay’s world-famous work The Clock, and the recent purchase of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Pulse Room for the permanent collection. The MACM is situated right in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, downtown, otherwise known as festival headquarters in the city of festivals, and it makes the most of its ideal location by playing host to parties, video screenings and band nights that gather massive crowds.
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Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (or, more commonly MAC) was an early institution to embrace contemporary art, first opening in 1964. It moved to its current location on the Place des Arts in 1992. The mission of the institution is to promote contemporary Québec artists, though temporary exhibitions are frequently global in their focus, with leading painters, photographers, sculptors and video artists from around the world represented.