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Greven Montreal closes its doors

Greven Montreal closes its doors

The wax statues of Grevin Montreal could not withstand the plague. The museum announced today that it will close its doors on the same day. Nearly forty of the 128 statues in the establishment will have a second life in Paris. But the public auction was not considered.

Mado Lamot and his statue at the Greven Montreal Opening Ceremony in April 2013.

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Mado Lamot and his statue at the Greven Montreal Opening Ceremony in April 2013.

In April 2013 the famous French brand Greven opened its first international edition, in Montreal. Eight and a half years later, the Compton des Alpes decided to lock the door of the Eaton Center Museum.

Kathleen Byte, general manager of Grevin Montreal, confirms that the decision was made because of an epidemic. “We were closed for about 50 weeks [depuis le printemps 2020], She says. We opened the doors at the end of February, but the visit did not live up to our expectations. “

The lack of foreign tourists, not to mention parts of Quebec other than Montreal, hurt the museum. And since it is a French-controlled private company, the company could not benefit from the same grants as other museums.

Prior to the outbreak, Greven Montreal employed 35 to 40 people. After removing most of the team at the start of the epidemic, the company has had about 20 employees since it reopened.

No auction

With this closure, what will happen to the 128 statues that were in the museum? “We are currently giving individuals the opportunity to regain their character so that he or she can have a second life,” Mr notes.Me Money

Thirty-nine statues, well-known Cubes abroad, but also some international stars, make the trip to the Greven Museum in Paris. The crew is in talks to make donations to some Quebec museums in Montreal.

No, you can’t buy a statue of Ricardo to proudly place in your kitchen! The public auction was not expected by the museum. “We can’t do that because we’re talking about the image of real people,” M replied.Me Money can make it nothing. “

If a Quebec artist decides not to take back his statue, and no museum wants it, what happens to that object? “That was not the decision we had made so far at the time,” the director replied.

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