MNBAQ unveils Future Espace Riopelle winning design

The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) has selected  Les architectes fabg, a Québec firm, as the winning preliminary design and firm of the architecture competition for the future Espace Riopelle.

Slated for inauguration between the end of 2025 and the beginning of 2026, the pavilion will house the world’s largest public collection of works by Jean Paul Riopelle.

© Les architectes fabg

The architect and the designers combined the requirements related to art, the natural environment, and the surrounding heritage buildings, bearing in mind the future pavilion’s strategic position in the museum complex. Above all, they have echoed Riopelle’s creative genius by proposing a dynamic climbing path in a signature building that will beautify the landscape.

The architecture will lend itself to numerous interpretations through its terracing in keeping with neighbouring buildings that sometimes evokes the artist’s studio with its wooden ceilings and sometimes the northern environment and the Isle-Aux-Grues landscape with its green terraces displaying varied species.

Natural light will bathe the proposed circuit, which will culminate in the circular space devoted to Riopelle’s masterpiece L’Hommage à Rosa Luxemburg (1992), where the public will also be able to admire views on the Plains of Abraham and the majestic Saint Laurence River.

Following the announcement of the firm, the phases of drawing plans and specifications, and closing the Gerard-Morisset pavilion will follow. For more information, visit: https://www.mnbaq.org/espace-riopelle.  

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