MONTREAL, June 1, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - In the wake of the May 29
flooding, the Musée is temporarily closed, until June 11, 2012, and
will be open once again starting Tuesday, June 12.
Efforts over the past 72 hours to empty, clean and decontaminate the
flooded basement have amounted to a race against the clock. Specialized
maintenance teams have been busy night and day in the
50,000-square-foot space affected, and archival and restoration staff
members are on hand to speed up the artwork restoration process. On
every floor of the building, teams are helping each other out in this
The scale of the job at hand, coupled with the space restrictions, means
that we must take over every available space to accommodate works
brought out of storage areas. With the entire premises - including
exhibition galleries, public spaces, workshops and the Media Centre -
being required for this purpose, we have decided to close the Musée to
the general public until June 12.
Since the flood occurred, the museum community has spontaneously come to
our aid in exceptional fashion. A large restoration team from
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, the Montreal Museum of
Fine Arts and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, along with a number
of private conservators, have come to the aid of our team, helping them
remove artworks from the storage areas and restore them as needed.
While no pieces have been irretrievably lost, a multitude of cleaning,
drying and decontamination operations have been performed - especially
for artwork executed on paper. An assessment will follow in the next
few days. We thank the entire museum community for its support,
visitors and journalists for their understanding, and the general
public for its messages of encouragement.
SOURCE Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
For further information:
Danielle Legentil, MACM
Phone: 514 847-6236