Black-and-white photo of Liliane Stewart and a photo of the bookcover of the second edition of Design 1935–1965: What Modern Was.
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Liliane Stewart

From 1979 until her death in 2014, Liliane Stewart worked to create an important international design collection, and continued the charitable activities of the Macdonald Stewart Foundation, which was founded by her husband David M. Stewart in 1975. Her interests were broad—including subjects ranging from Canadian military history to contemporary jewelry—and her devotion to good causes made her a well-known and beloved figure in Montreal, known as the “best friend of Montreal museums.”

This 2012 documentary film, The Art of Giving/L’art de donner, directed by Philippe Baylaucq and produced by InformAction Inc., uses interviews and historic photos from the Macdonald Stewart Foundation to summarize her lifetime of helping others. An excerpt from the film is presented here.