SAVE THE DATE : Come meet Nathalie Bondil on April 4th !
Nathalie Bondil is Director General and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MBAM)
When: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Le Cercle Restaurant, 6th Floor, Côte-Sainte-Catherine Building, HEC Montréal (map)
Nathalie Bondil holds a degree in art history from the École du Louvre. She successfully passed the entry examination for the École nationale du Patrimoine de Paris, in 1994, then graduated in 1996, thereby becoming Conservateur du patrimoine d’État.
From 1996 to 1998, she worked at the Musée des Monuments Français (which now forms part of the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine) as curator in charge of museography for the galeries dedicated to the 17th to 20th centuries, as part of the museum’s renovation.
In 1999, Guy Cogeval, then director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, hired her as curator for European art from 1800 to 1945, and in 2000, promoted her to chief curator. She became in charge of the Curatorial Department, Conservation, the Library, Archives, Publishing and Ehxibitions.
Nathalie Bondil has been the Director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and its Chief Curator since 2007. She is the first woman to be the museum’s director.
When she took over the helm, she launched a series of exhibitions that have distinguished the Museum on the international scene (30 cities over the last ten years) and innovative multidisciplinary programming: she invited fashion to the Museum (first retrospectives on Yves Saint Laurent and The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier, presented in 12 cities around the world); opened it up to world cultures (Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon); revamped contemporary art programming (1+1=1; Peter Doig); and has introduced music through exhibitions (Warhol Live; Imagine; We Want Miles) and the creation of the Fondation Arte Musica and the daring conversion of a heritage church into a 462-seat concert hall, Bourgie Hall, which presents some 200 concerts and welcomes around 50,000 spectators each year.
In 2011, with the addition of a 4th building, The Claire and Marc Bourgie Quebec and Canadian art Pavilion, Nathalie Bondil and her team undertook the restoration and reinstallation of some 4,000 works from the collection, from world cultures to Old Masters and Canadian and contemporary art. This “reinvented Museum” includes an impressive Pavilion of Decorative Arts and Design that was recently reinstalled and an expanded sculpture garden.
In 2012, she also led the expansion of the new educational facilities for school groups and families – the Studios Art & Education Michel de la Chenelière.
Today, with the major gift of Michal and Renata Hornstein’s collection of Old Masters, the Museum is expanding again allowing for the overhaul of over 3,000 additional works: a fifth building, the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, devoted to international art and education, was inaugurated November 2016. The first legacy for Montreal’s 375th anniversary, it houses the Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy which will give unparalleled impulse to the Museum’s educational and social mission. The MMFA comprises the largest educational complex at a North American art museum.
Since 2007, the MMFA has been undergoing unprecedented growth: it has welcomed over a million visitors two years in a row in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, being the only Canadian art museum to have accomplished that feat; it boasts over 95,000 members and over 300,000 participants to its cultural and educational programmes. And, two buildings have been added to the museum complex in less than five years.
Nathalie Bondil is Vice-Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts; Vice-President and member of the Programming Committee of the Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal; and a member of the Board of the Council for Canadian American Relations, the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), of the French Regional & American Museum Exchange (FRAME), the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization (CAMDO), Fonderie Darling and Liberté publication.