The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts announced on Friday that Michel de la Chenelière will not be seeking another term as president of the board of trustees. Montreal businessman Pierre Bourgie has been appointed to the board and will succeed de la Chenelière as president. De la Chenelière will stay at his post until after the annual general meeting on Sept. 29.
The museum has been mired in controversy since the dismissal of Nathalie Bondil as director and chief curator in July. In his July 13 announcement of Bondil’s immediate departure, de la Chenelière cited a report by an external human-resources firm saying she had fostered a toxic work environment. Bondil said she was sacked because she disagreed with de la Chenelière’s pick for the new post of director of the curatorial division — a member of the influential Desmarais family, who are important museum donors — and refused to tell staff, as he wished, there had been a rigorous selection process.