Mathematical duo


Despite its title, the exhibition 1+1=1 confirms that when it comes to the arts, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

For the very first time, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts (MBAM) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) have merged their two collections to create an exhibition entitled 1 + 1 = 1. Curators Stéphane Aquin and John Zeppetelli joined forces to establish a fruitful dialogue between the artworks and create emotional and thematic resonances.

In addition to being a beautifully aesthetic performance, this project allowed both institutions to reflect upon their respective identities and their complementarity: while the MAC has a penchant for installations and current art, the MBAM has a fine arts profile. Furthermore, this joint effort confirms that great museum institutions contribute exceptionally to the cultural vibrancy and vitality of our city.

Crowning off the 50th anniversary of the MAC, the 1+1=1 exhibition reaffirms the spirit of complicity that united the two museums and inspired their ideas in selecting and balancing the collections, for as we know, art has no frontiers.