Partnership Between the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Pierre Bourgie's Ars Musica Foundation

    A Concert Hall for the Future Pavilion of Canadian Art

    MONTREAL, Nov. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Pierre Bourgie, president of Société
financière Bourgie, a loyal supporter of cultural life in Montreal, today
announced that he was establishing the Ars Musica Foundation.
    This mission of the new foundation, with Mr. Bourgie at the helm, will be
to support, promote and present music from all periods and in all styles. It
will also develop a major educational component. Isolde Lagacé, a prominent
arts administrator, will head the Ars Musica Foundation and serve as its
artistic director. The Foundation will be in residence at the Montreal Museum
of Fine Arts, where its activities will be presented.
    In another important announcement, Nathalie Bondil, Director of the
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, said that the nave of the Erskine and American
Church, part of the future pavilion of Canadian art, will be called "Bourgie
Hall." This 450-seat concert hall will also host educational and cultural
activities, related to music and the fine arts, and special events.
    "The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is very enthusiastic at the prospect of
music playing a central role in its future pavilion of Canadian art," added
Ms. Bondil. "The Ars Musica Foundation will present musical and educational
programming that will complement the MMFA's mission and activities. In
addition, the Museum's expertise in developing educational activities for
children, school groups and families will enable the Foundation to reach this
audience and present musical activities developed with them in mind."
    Mr. Bourgie explained that he found the Museum's openness and desire to
co-operate highly stimulating. "The Ars Musica Foundation is proud to have
signed an agreement with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Our partnership
with the Museum will enable us to carry out our mission under optimal
conditions," said Mr. Bourgie.
    "I hope Ars Musica will play a leading role in the music community by
presenting original and varied programming in this new hall, with commissioned
compositions and educational activities such as lectures, workshops and
get-togethers between musicians and the public, as well as activities for
young audiences. Both Isolde Lagacé and I are keenly interested in rising
young performers and composers both from home and abroad, and we also want to
do everything we can to make room for those who are already well known and
established," added Mr. Bourgie. "Giving performers and composers the
opportunity to share their passion, allowing audiences to discover and take
advantage of the riches and the vitality of Montreal's cultural scene: this is
what the Ars Musica Foundation hopes to accomplish."
    The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts recently announced that the new pavilion
of Canadian art would officially open in 2010, following confirmation of
financial support from the Canadian and Quebec governments, as well as from
private donors, in particular, the Bourgie family. The Museum's management
thanks Claire and Marc Bourgie, as well as Pierre Bourgie and Claude Bovet
Bourgie, for their exceptional generosity and announced that, as a gesture of
appreciation, the future pavilion of Canadian art will be known as the "Claire
and Marc Bourgie Pavilion."
    Museum President Bernard Lamarre announced that Provencher Roy, Go
Multimédia and designer Michel Dallaire will collaborate on the Bourgie Hall
    In the past, music played an important role at the Erskine and American
Church, and many musical organizations presented concerts there over the
    There have always been many close ties between music and the visual arts,
since both share a desire to convey, via the senses, the indescribable
aesthetic emotions that are inherent in a work of art. "Placing music
centre-stage at the Museum, and initiating a musical dialogue with its
collections and its exhibitions will help to increase understanding, learning
and interest in each of these disciplines. This 'musical museum' will take an
original, decompartmentalized approach that combines history, performance and
artistic creation, both musical and visual, in the collections of visual arts
and even musical instruments," concluded Ms. Bondil.

For further information:

For further information: Danielle Champagne, Director of Communications,
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, (514) 285-1600, ext. 194,

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