Occupying the west side of the place des Arts, the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (macm.org) is Canada’s first museum devoted entirely to contemporary art. It showcases Québécois artists, such as Paul-Émile Borduas, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Fernand Leduc, Guido Molinari and Claude Tousignant, and also works by other Canadian and international artists. The daring temporary exhibits are consistently excellent, and have covered everything from digital installations to Canadian Abstract Expressionist art. The sculpture garden holds a Henry Moore sculpture amid the greenery. On the first Friday night of the month (except July and Aug) the museum features “Nocturnes”, with live music, cocktails, tours and gallery talks (regular admission). A $19-million expansion project, due for completion in 2017, will double the exhibition space and add a state-of-the-art auditorium.

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