Toronto’s New Contemporary Art Museum

Owing to a condo boom, the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art closed in September. Fortunately, its new space, which opens in May, looks awesome.

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ABOVE: Douglas Coupland at the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art

Last year, I wrote about gentrification, and the relocation of the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art (MOCCA) from the Queen West neighborhood to the Junction. While I was sorry to see the original museum replaced with a condo, I’m happy to report that the new location looks even better than the first.

A few days ago, MOCCA director and CEO Chantal Pontbriand revealed plans for the new museum. Here are some of the details:

  • The Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art is now the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto_Canada (I prefer the original name, but whatever).
  • At 5,200 square metres, the new museum is much bigger than the old one (990 square metres).
  • The site is leased for 40 years, so it will be a long time before they’re forced to move again, if ever.
  • A site specific building, currently dubbed MoCA II, will be built across the street and will add an additional 6,800 square metres of space.
  • Open from noon to midnight.

Having been a fan of the old museum, I’m really looking forward to May 2017 when they open the doors to a new era of art in Toronto.

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