Art historian Nathalie Bondil has been the Director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and its Chief Curator since 2007. Thanks to her leadership, the Museum has built an enviable reputation for its design, production and exportation of dynamic exhibitions on the international scene (30 cities over the last ten years, and twelve cities with over two million visitors for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier. From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk). Innovative, she has programmed original multidisciplinary exhibitions, introducing, for example, fashion, music and world cultures to the Museum.
In five years, the Museum has doubled attendance to over a million visitors in 2014 and 2015; a Canadian record. The museum complex has also expanded with the inauguration of two buildings in five years, the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion, devoted to Quebec and Canadian art which also houses a concert hall (2011), and the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace which will house the Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy (2016). With the Arte Musica Foundation in residence and its numerous educational programmes, the Museum strongly positions itself as a socially conscious hub.
Nathalie Bondil was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada and Chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec and received the insignia of the Officier of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic. She was awarded the Médaille de l’Assemblée nationale and two Honourary Doctorates (University of Montreal and McGill University). She is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canada Council for the Arts and Vice-Chair of the Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal and a member of the Programming Committee.