'How Can I Make Sure That I'm Not The Only One?' Artist Helps Museum Diversify Collection

Museums are facing mounting pressure to make their collections more representative. At the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, one artist created a fund to acquire other pieces by under-represented artists.
Manuel Mathieu named his 2017 painting of his grandmother Self-portrait because of the role she played in making him who he is. It was purchased by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2018. Source: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

When the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts bought Manuel Mathieu's painting of his late grandmother in 2018, he learned that it would be the first work the museum had ever owned by a Haitian-Canadian artist.

"I automatically started thinking, 'OK, how can I make sure that I'm not the only one?,' " Mathieu recalls.

Mathieu, 33, decided to donate the money from the sale of his painting back to the museum, to start a fund to acquire other

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