Mission and means

The Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal (CIAC MTL) was created in 1983 with a mandate to disseminate contemporary art from Quebec, Canada and abroad. A non-profit organization is led by a board of directors composed of volunteer members from Greater Montreal.


The CIAC MTL is recognized as a charity.

Canada : 10089 0920 RR0001          Quebec : QCA 0235-0532




  • Present the artworks of artists from Quebec, Canada and abroad; show the contribution of artists to contemporary culture;
  • Increase public participation and interest in the visual arts including photography, video, film, fashion, design and architecture;
  • Provide to young cultural workers, artists, recent graduates in art history, mediation and administration learning opportunities to obtaining work experiences;
  • Participate in the development of cultural tourism in Montreal by proposing activities with a significant attraction potential;




  • Produce events and exhibitions of visual arts, architecture, design and fashion (Les Cent jours d’art contemporain de Montréal (de 1985 à 1996 incl.); La Biennale de Montréal (de 1998 à 2011 incl.); and other activities;
  • Carry out cultural mandates for governments and for public and private organizations;
  • Publish catalogs and audio-visual documents. Maintain a website and social media;
  • Welcoming trainees and young professionals for work experiences;
  • Produce educational activities.


About Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal

Aside from the organization of major events, the CIAC has been responsible for the production of an electronic arts magazine, solo exhibitions and a writing contest first intended for students, now opened to the general public. The Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal, which celebrated twenty years of active commitment in the arts in 2004, has always featured artists from the visual arts, architecture, landscape architecture, graphic and industrial designs, video and film.
Since 1983, the centre has presented to a general audience the most prominent figures of the contemporary art scene, allowing over 500,000 people to see and appreciate the work of some 800 artists.