Director of Montreal’s Contemporary Art Museum, Paulette Gagnon, Resigns


In the throes of a strategic “repositioning process,” the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal announced today that its director, Paulette Gagnon, is resigning from her post as of June 1. Gagnon served as chief curator from 1992 to 2009, and as director for the past four years. “I have put my passion for contemporary art at the service of the museum, and I leave with a feeling of having fulfilled my duty to that institution,” she said in a press release issued by the museum today.

With the help of her star curator, Marie Fraser, Gagnon has extended the museum’s influence and contemporary relevance considerably, developing the collection, programming, and education, and focusing on pushing the avant-garde in her acquisition of major works by Québécois, Canadian, and international artists including, just recently, the acquisition of the institution’s first immaterial work of art, “This situation,” by European artist Tino Sehgal (on view until April 28).

Her major achievements during her tenure include collaborations with international institutions and the organization of some significant exhibitions, includng solo shows devoted to Louise Bourgeois, Shirin Neshat, and Anselm Kiefer, the Claude Tousignant retrospective, and the organization of the first Québec Triennial 2008. The board will begin its search for a replacement imminently.

— Sky Goodden

This story also appears on ARTINFO Canada.