In April 2020, responding to the upheavals created by the health crisis, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) and the Fondation du MAC launched I Support Local Art. One year later, the initiative has concluded with a most positive outcome: 52 works by 40 artists, valued at $683,154, have been added to the MAC collection. In the case of 95% of the artists, this was a first-time acquisition by the MAC. The Museum thanks the many artists, gallery owners, collectors, donors and culture sector workers who are helping to raise the profile of contemporary art in Québec.


The MAC made a historic gesture of support for the visual arts sector, reeling from the effects of the pandemic, by dedicating 100% of its acquisition budget to the purchase of works by artists who have chosen to work in Québec. The Fondation du MAC propelled this vision and rose to the challenge of doubling the museum’s acquisition budget via the I Support Local Art campaign.

“How can we remain meaningful as a museum institution while an entire sector of activity, an industry, is trying to survive? What can we do to stand out while everyone is pivoting to digital? These questions led us to this powerful initiative, I Support Local Art, established in collaboration with the Fondation du MAC to encourage local artists.” – John Zeppetelli, Director and Chief Curator, MAC


The Foundation wishes to thank the artists as well as all of its partners for their generous support of the project and for contributing to the success of the fundraising initiative: Geneviève Cadieux and Chih-Chien Wang for I Buy and Support Local Art sale, the Association des galeries d’art contemporain (AGAC) and its Foire Papier 2020 event, which partnered with the Foundation; the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation, which generously offered a matching donation doubling the contribution from graduates of SéminArts, an education program supported by the Foundation and that focuses on the art of collecting; National Bank of Canada and National Bank Private Banking 1859, which made a major contribution to the cause by supporting the acquisition of two works as part of I Support Local Art; as well as the Fonds Hamelys, which made a targeted donation, and the bequest of Paule Poirier, which together supported the purchase of a new work for the collection.

The Foundation also acknowledges the invaluable support of the following donors: Audain Foundation, Alain Bellemare and Marie-Josée Simard, The Azrieli Foundation / La Fondation Azrieli, Nathalie Goyette, Giverny Capital Inc., Nathalie Pratte, Fondation Ariane Riou & Réal Plourde, Sanimax, and Sharon & Aaron Stern.

The Foundation thanks all those who have decided to make a concrete gesture in support of local art. Thanks to all our extraordinary donors, every donation counted!


As part of this acquisition drive, the MAC is privileged to own works by Andrée-Anne Roussel and Samuel St-Aubin, Lorna Bauer, Simon Belleau, Marie-Claire Blais, Julien Boily, Miryam Charles, Hannah Claus, Dayna Danger, Jannick Deslauriers, Cindy Dumais, Caroline Gagné, Clément de Gaulejac, Francisco González-Rosas, Mathieu Grenier, Margaret Haines, Carla Hemlock, Jinyoung Kim, Moridja Kitenge Banza, Karen Kraven, Sophie Latouche, Yen-Chao Lin, Manuel Mathieu, Luce Meunier, faye mullen, Jérôme Nadeau, Dawit L. Petros, Anne-Marie Proulx, Guillaume Simoneau, Jackson Slattery, Andrea Szilasi, Walter Scott, Carl Trahan, Laurence Veri, Nico Williams, Thea Yabut and Leila Zelli. A commission has been awarded to Abbas Akhavan to produce a sculpture that will celebrate sustainability through the recovery and reuse of copper sheeting from the current Museum building. The work will be unveiled when the MAC reopens in 2025.

See here the new acquisitions that have been made.

“Among our priorities, we seek to develop a public collection that eloquently reflects the cultural diversity of artists living and working in Québec, to prominently feature emerging talents, to pay attention to art practices ongoing outside Greater Montréal, to respect gender parity, and to support artists of different generations. For the vast majority of the artists, this marks the first time the MAC has acquired one of their works for its collection.” – Marie-Eve Beaupré, Curator of the Collection, MAC

Despite a year that saw substantial losses in revenue, the Musée has kept up its activities for the community. More than ever, your patronage allows the Musée to carry on its mission of contemporary-art education and promotion.

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