The educational program SéminArts is an introduction to collecting contemporary art offered in collaboration with the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation since September 2010. In an atmosphere that encourages discussion and the sharing of ideas, each of the five sessions of the SéminArts series introduces participants to various players in the art world, including artists, private collectors, corporate collectors, gallerists and museum curators.


5 sessions (in French) online, on Zoom
Wednesdays: October 6 and 20, November 3 and 24, December 8, 2021, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Session 1: The Museum Collection

October 6, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Introduction to the SéminArts series and the idea of the art collection
Meeting with a curator of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Why and what does the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal collect?

Rencontre 2 : Les artistes

October 20, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How do artists develop their work, what are their intentions?
Artist presentations focused on narratives and process

Session 3: The Gallerists

November 3, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How to buy an artwork?
What is the role of the gallerist?
Interviews on the practicalities of buying an artwork

Session 4: The Private Collectors

November 24, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How do you start a collection as an individual?
What does it mean to buy an artwork and own it?
Personal stories of collectors

Session 5: The Corporate Collection

December 8, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Meeting with the curator of a corporate collection
Why and how does a company collect contemporary art?
SéminArts wrap-up

The order and content of the sessions is subject to change