I was in the recently opened Pierre Lassonde pavilion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in Quebec City, Quebec. The museum opened after almost 10 years of fundraising and construction. It is one of four building that is part of the MNBAQ. Built to house contemporary and decorative arts, it is big, beautiful and a architectural masterpiece. The museum help a public competition for the design of the building. If you want to learn more about the museum feel free to stop over here!
Here are some of the amazing pieces that I saw at the museum.
Meeting Point, Giorgia Volpe, 2008-2016
Details of this collaborative piece using plastic bags.
Of One – Francoise Sullivan 1968-69 (Plexiglass)
Lac Brome, de La Suite quebecoise, Edmun Alleyn, 1973-74 (Acrylic canvas and Plexiglas panel)
Blues, Rita Letendre, Acrylic on Canvas, 1928
Mamma Rocking Chair, Patrick Messier, 2005 (part of the decorative arts exhibits)
The most significant gallery, in my opinion was the Brosseau Inuit Art Collection. With over 2,600 pieces of which over 2,100 are sculptures, this is one of the most significant Inuit Art Collections in Canada. Here are but a few of the most memorable pieces that I saw.
Shaman Undergoing Transformation, Abraham Anghik Ruben, 2000
“People often turned to the angakkuq (shaman) for assistance, to heal the ill, ensure a good hunt, or provide protection from spirits; the Angakkuit would sometimes even transform into the spirits they sought to communicate with. Angakkuit could be either men or women” ~ MNBAQ plaque
Igloo and Bear Hunting, Emily Pangnerk Illuitok, 1999 (Limestone, Ivory, skin, sinew, caribou antler, ink)
Shaman, Maudie Rachel Okittuq, 1999
Spirit of the Igloo, Artist unknown, circa 1950