Stéphane Aquin, Director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA)
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- © Tony Powell
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I feel very confident about the future of the MMFA. We’re “taking advantage” of the pandemic, so to speak, to have a global strategic reflection about the mission of the museum. It’s obvious that we need to rethink the museum’s model for the coming months, with four key areas in mind: community, virtuality, diversity, and artists.
We want to develop the virtual side of the MMFA. The pandemic made this a priority. We will create an app allowing visitors to scan works of art via a QR code; when they do, the artist will literally appear on their screen. This will offer much more interaction and make the experience more fluid. The exhibits will also be accessible online; the digitization of the works therefore needs to be considered. We hope the museum will be more present in the city, particularly through public installations.
When it offers a new perspective on an artist you thought you knew. This is the case with the Riopelle exhibition, which successfully provided this indispensable new outlook.