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Jennifer Laurent. Photo: Jean-François Brière.
Jennifer Laurent. Photo: Jean-François Brière.

Jennifer Laurent Joins Montreal Museum of Fine Arts as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) announced that Jennifer Laurent has been named curator of modern and contemporary decorative arts. Laurent succeeds Diane Charbonneau, who recently retired after a twenty-year tenure at the museum, and will oversee the institution’s decorative arts collection, which contains more than ten thousand objects that date from 1400 to the present.

An Ontario native, Laurent studied art history, museology, and the decorative arts at McGill University in Montreal, Christie's Education in New York, and the Université Paris-Sorbonne’s École du Louvre. She previously worked in the twentieth-century decorative arts department at the Christie’s auction house in Paris and the design department of the Centre Pompidou’s Musée National d’Art Moderne. From 2006 to 2009, Laurent led Toronto’s Miriam Shiell Fine Art gallery, and since 2017, she has collaborated with the MMFA on numerous projects.

“The museum will greatly benefit from Jennifer Laurent’s knowledge and passion for modern and contemporary design as well as her experience and relationships with some of the MMFA’s partner institutions abroad,” Nathalie Bondil, director general and chief curator at the MMFA, said in a statement. “Her background in research and contacts with local and international curators and collectors are an asset that will enable the museum to continue to expand its outstanding collection, donated by the late Liliane M. Stewart.”