Contemporary Art and an Inuit Gallery at The Pierre Lassonde Pavilion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec&ndash in Quebec City

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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 an architectural masterpiece.  The museum held 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.

Pierre Lassonde pavilion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec - Meeting Point- #QuebecOriginal
Meeting Point, Giorgia Volpe, 2008-2016

Pierre Lassonde pavilion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec - Meeting Point- #QuebecOriginal Pierre Lassonde Pavillon in Quebec City
Details of this collaborative piece using plastic bags.
Pierre Lassonde Pavillon in Quebec City
Pierre Lassonde Pavillon in Quebec City
Pierre Lassonde pavilion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec - #QuebecOriginal
Of One – Francoise Sullivan 1968-69 (Plexiglass)

Pierre Lassonde pavilion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec - Lac Brome - #QuebecOriginal
Lac Brome, de La Suite quebecoise, Edmun Alleyn, 1973-74
(Acrylic canvas and Plexiglas panel)

Pierre Lassonde pavilion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec - Blues - #QuebecOriginal
Blues, Rita Letendre, Acrylic on Canvas, 1928

Pierre Lassonde pavilion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec - Decorative Arts - #QuebecOriginal
Mamma Rocking Chair, Patrick Messier, 2005
(part of the decorative arts exhibits)

Pierre Lassonde pavilion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec - Blues - #QuebecOriginal
Pierre Lassonde pavilion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec - Blues - #QuebecOriginal

In the new Pierre Lassonde Pavilion in Quebec City, I believe 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.

Pierre Lassonde pavilion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec - Inuit Art The Brousseau Collection - #QuebecOriginal
Pierre Lassonde pavilion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec - Inuit Art The Brousseau Collection - #QuebecOriginal
Pierre Lassonde pavilion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec - Inuit Art The Brousseau Collection - #QuebecOriginal
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

Pierre Lassonde pavilion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec - Inuit Art The Brousseau Collection - #QuebecOriginal
Igloo and Bear Hunting, Emily Pangnerk Illuitok, 1999 (Limestone, Ivory, skin, sinew, caribou antler, ink)

Pierre Lassonde pavilion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec - Inuit Art The Brousseau Collection - #QuebecOriginal
Shaman, Maudie Rachel Okittuq, 1999

Pierre Lassonde pavilion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec - Inuit Art The Brousseau Collection - #QuebecOriginal
Spirit of the Igloo, Artist unknown, circa 1950
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Margarita Ibbott is a travel and lifestyle blogger. She blogs about travel in Canada, the United States and Europe giving practical advice through restaurant, hotel and attraction reviews. She writes for DownshiftingPRO.com and other online media outlets.