The Canada Council for the Arts is concerned about the climate that prevails at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (MBAM), in the wake of the dismissal of the director of the MMFA, Nathalie Bondil.
The circumstances surrounding the termination before the end of the contract of Ms. Bondil, who has sparked an uproar in the community, are particularly concerned about the Council.
“The very public of the current crisis, combined with problems related to the organizational health, leadership, governance and management of human resources, has meant that we have had to inform the museum that it had received a rating of “worrying situation”, stated the body.
Given this rating, the Commission intends to follow closely developments in the saga of the return of Ms. Bondil. The board of directors of the MMFA has already announced that it has begun the process to find a new director, while the provincial government has indicated that it would review the record.
It is to be noted that the MBAM is part of the canadian museums who receive a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. The situation “disturbing” that prevails will not affect necessarily the funding, however, keen to stress the body.
The bickering at the MMFA has erupted in the wake of the appointment of Mary-Dailey Desmarais as director of conservation. Ms. Bondil was opposed to this appointment, as it imposed by the board of directors of the museum.
The board of directors, for its part, has accused its former executive director have refused to comply with some of the conclusions of a report prepared by an independent firm specializing in human resources management.