Building New Brunswick/Btir le Nouveau-Brunswick

New Brunswick boasts some of the most significant structures and built environments in Canada, and this celebration of New Brunswick’s architecture will reveal an astonishing aspect of our society and its material culture.

Curated by John Leroux and opening on June 21st at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, Building New Brunswick is an exhibition (and corresponding publication by Goose Lane Editions) that will bring into focus the province’s architectural history.

The best New Brunswick architecture has traditionally exhibited excellence in craftsmanship, faithfulness to materials, and harmony with the environment. Beginning with structures built by the First Nations before European contact, the exhibition explores the buildings of the French and English colonial and post-colonial periods while focusing most strongly on the built heritage of the 20th and 21st centuries.

From churches to elaborate factories and railway stations, from the mansions of industry barons to the graceful barns and fashionable homes on prosperous farms, from the iconic to the barely known, Building New Brunswick will reveal the expansive beauty of our cultural landscape that lies right before our eyes every day.

Attention is also given to projects which might seem to be on the cusp of architecture, but are critical to developing a valid awareness of our built environment, such as bridges, industrial plants and urban infrastructure.

By connecting our distant with our immediate past, Building New Brunswick shows the way forward as we constantly renew and enhance our environment.

The show opens on June 21, 2008 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, with an address by the Honourable Hermenegilde Chiasson, Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick and recent recipient of an honorary fellowship of the RAIC. The exhibition will run until September 28, 2008 whereupon it will travel over the following year to the Moncton Museum, the Madawaska Museum in Edmundston and the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John.

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