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Nathalie Bondil is the Director General and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Appointed Chief Curator in 2000 and Director General in January 2007, she has initiated innovative programming with exhibitions designed, produced and circulated by the MMFA that have distinguished the Museum on the international scene.
With the addition of a fourth pavilion to the Museum complex in 2011, Ms. Bondil and her team undertook the study, restoration and reinstallation of some 4,000 works from the Museum’s encyclopedic collection, from world cultures to Old Masters and Canadian and contemporary art. In 2016, the Museum expanded again with a fifth addition, the Pavilion for Peace dedicated to international art and education.
A dual citizen of Canada and France, Ms. Bondil is an art historian by training. She graduated from the École du Louvre and the Institut national du patrimoine, Paris. She has curated many of the exhibitions presented by the Museum, including Metamorphoses: In Rodin’s Studio; Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism: From Spain to Morocco, Benjamin-Constant in His Time; ¡Cuba! Art and History from 1868 to Today; Van Dongen; Painting the Town Fauve; Catherine the Great: Art for Empire; Voyage into Myth: Gauguin to Matisse; the French Avant-Garde from the State Hermitage Museum; Maurice Denis: Earthly Paradise; Picasso Érotique; Hitchcock and Art: Fatal Coincidences.
Nathalie Bondil was elected Personality of the Year in Culture by La Presse (2017), awarded the Médaille de l’assemblée nationale, Québec (2016) as well as being appointed Member of the Order of Canada, receiving the Prix Camille-Laurin (Office Québécois de la langue française) and an honorary doctorate from the University of Montreal (2015).
Ms. Bondil is Vice-Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts and Vice-president of the Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal.