Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec opens doors to Pierre Lassonde Pavilion
On June 24th, the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec opened the doors of its fourth building, the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion, to the public.
In collaboration with OMA Architects, BuroHappold Engineering provided lighting design for the 160,000 ft2 pavilion, seen as the center of the new Québec City Arts District.
To celebrate the opening, the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) hosted a three day event, beginning with a dedication ceremony on Friday and followed by musical programs and documentaries. The MNBAQ was open throughout the weekend free of charge.
“Lucid and ingenious, the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion simultaneously stands out on its site and weaves itself into its surroundings, bringing out the potential of the urban situation with a logic that is as impeccable as it is unexpected. With its spacious exhibitions galleries, auditorium, cafe, and other amenities, it will enable us to realize our museum’s highest possibilities,” said Line Ouellet, Executive Director and Chief Curator of MNBAQ.
Established in 1933, the mission of the MNBAQ is to promote and preserve Québec art from the 17th Century through to today with a collection of approximately 25,000 works. The new Pierre Lassonde Pavilion, the fourth in the museum’s complex, transforms the existing site by doubling the museum’s floor space and forming a new link between the National Battlefields Park and Grande Allée, one of the most popular streets in Québec. The three stacked components of the Pavilion, decreasing in size and rising in tiers from the park to the street front, consist of column-free galleries, an auditorium, cafe, museum store, and Grand Hall. In addition, the new expansion connects with the museum’s existing buildings by an underground passageway and features a 5,300ft2 courtyard.
It was a very strategic move for the museum, because it used to be a museum in the park, but they acquired a site facing the Grand Allee – which is the main boulevard of the city. The park and the city and the museum can all extend at the same time at this strategic point. So it’s not just a museum extension, but also an extension of the art and the city. Art becomes the catalyst between the park and the city.