One question we are often asked here at the Museum is, “where did the Monet go?” Most of you are so used to seeing it on the blue wall in the Herman H. Levy Gallery, all nicely lit and beautiful, that when it disappears you get a bit panicky. Never fear, the Monet is simply taking a much needed break in the darkness of the vaults. This is a necessary precaution as light damage is cumulative and can irreversibly fade paintings. (more on this from the Canadian Conservation Institute)
Although the MMA is responsible for keeping its wonderful collection protected and preserved, the fact that a work of art is in storage does not mean it is entirely off-limits. We strive to allow visitors access to the collections, even for works not currently on display. This service is free; however, visitors must make an appointment to see works in storage rather than just dropping in. To make an appointment/consultation request call 905.525.9140 extension 27576.
Nicole Knibb, Education Co-ordinator, McMaster Museum of Art