Arsenal Contemporary is a private art foundation and cultural initiative. Founded in Montreal in 2011 by patrons Anne-Marie and Pierre Trahan, Arsenal Contemporary is devoted to the support, promotion and development of Canadian contemporary art through diverse endeavors. It is the largest private art foundation in Canada.
In 2017, Arsenal Contemporary opened its newest satellite space in the Bowery Historic District of New York City. Located opposite the New Museum, Arsenal Contemporary New York embraces a hybrid format. While Arsenal Contemporary’s Canadian spaces operate as non-commercial art centers, its New York City faction presents both commercial exhibitions and artist projects.
Arsenal Contemporary New York presents emerging and established Canadian contemporary artists, alongside international artists, through collaborative projects with independent curators, museums, biennials, and commercial galleries. The art center provides an opportunity for artists to have their first solo or group presentation in New York, creating a platform for new dialogues within the city’s rich arts environment.