Quebec City is Culture and History – and here is why

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Photo from left to right: Darren Bolduc, Julie-Anne Vien, Jean-Luc Murray, Bruno Marchand, Manon Gauthier, Yseult Riopelle, Yoshiko Karasawa, Frédéric Gascon, Fabrice Alcayde, Mathieu Lacombe, Michael J. Audain, Éric Gauthier, Chantale Shah and Mathieu Rivest © Stéphane Bourgeois

 Today in Québec City, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Espace Riopelle pavilion was held. This visionary expansion of the Musée National des Beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) is a significant project valued at $84 million.

Inspired by the renowned artist Jean-Paul Riopelle, who captivated the world with his fearless creativity and iconic artworks, the pavilion is dedicated to preserving his legacy. The MNBAQ announced this initiative last year during the celebration of Riopelle’s 100th anniversary, making it one of Québec’s largest cultural infrastructure projects since the inauguration of the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion in 2016.

“Québec city is a city of culture and history. A new page of history is being written today through this institution that will highlight an outstanding artist and standard bearer of visual art. It is a privilege to be able to build this major cultural facility in Québec City. Riopelle’s masterpiece Tribute to Rosa Luxemburg could not have a finer showcase. Thank you to the numerous partners and visionary art-loving patrons who are contributing to this valuable legacy.”

Canadian Minister of Culture and Communications, Minister Responsible for Youth, and Minister Responsible for the Outaouais Region

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