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“Spectular Chihuly Exhibition”

Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec (MNBAQ)
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US$33.03*
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Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #18 of 223 things to do in Quebec City
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec is located on the Plains of Abraham. Its four pavilions house a collection of over 38,000 works dating from the 17th century to present day. On top of world-class exhibitions and cultural activities, visitors can also enjoy the restaurant, café and gift shop.
Reviewed 27 August 2013

We visited the Musee National des Beaux Arts in Montreal specifically to see the Dale Chihuly exhibition and it was both extensive and incredibly beautiful. It runs until early October - DON'T MISS IT!!!!! As you climb the stairs to the exhibition floor, you get the first glimpse of the glass pieces hung facing you. Room after room is filled with astoundingly beautiful colorful strange and familiar shapes. Some stand alone. Others are grouped together as forests, as magical boats, as bigger than life marbles, as astoundingly dramatic vessels. There is one room that encourages viewers to lay on mats set on the floor so that you can better gaze at the dropped-plexiglass covered ceiling above which are hundreds of flat, curves, squiggly, large, tiny and always colorful pieces. The view up is only accentuated by the reflected colors that stream down the walls.

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Reviewed 24 August 2013

Alfred Pellan exposition.....ouch, bad. On the other hand the Inuit carvings were beautiful. There was also a Nouvelle France exposition that was nice.

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Reviewed 20 August 2013

the floor dedicated to Inuit sculpture and donated by a wealthy collector.Many fascinating pieces on display...some lifelike and others more abstract.
The other floors hosted local artists of varying repute and were also interesting although after a couple of hours we were so gorged with the works that we could take in no more and retired to the pleasant ground floor cafe for a drink before the lengthy walk back into town.The number 11 bus is an alternative if your feet can take no more.

Thank Lotois
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

We had a ton of fun here both because the building melds two sub buildings one of which was an old jail with intact guard towers and cells (4th floor for the tower) but also because of great whimsy in the art displays, and a truly high quality INUIT art collection. Worth it!

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Reviewed 12 August 2013

The museum is in Battlefield Park, the historic Plains of Abraham where the forces of British General James Wolfe defeated those of Louis-Joseph, Marquis de Montcalm. Once the farm of Quebec pioneer Abraham Martin, the plains are now popular with runners and picnickers.
From a distance, the original museum building appears to be a standard-issue, if well-proportioned, Neoclassical structure, light gray stone embellished with a columned portico. Up close, however, it reveals a pediment frieze depicting diverse Quebecoises, from trappers to French aristocrats to farmers and a First Nations chief. Decorating the wall are additional square reliefs wrought in copper.
Once inside, we discovered a permanent collection devoted to examples demonstrating the development of art in the province, from religious subjects and altarpieces of New France through the portraits and pastoral scenes of the 19th Century and on to the modern period, which appeared to be dominated by Quebec-born artists who had lived in Paris and took on the styles of the Impressionists, Post-Impressionists and those that followed. The most interesting and instructive part of the permanent collection was the Brousseau Inuit Art Collection, which displayed objects ranging from the small carvings the indigenous peoples of the north used as trade items for goods brought in the 18th Century by ships seeking the Northwest Passage to sculptures produced in the 21st century and reflecting individual artistic vision. Most of the collection was devoted to the carvings produced for sale in galleries and craft shops in Montreal, Quebec and other major cities. The take-home message was that, like almost all Navajo rugs, these items had no ritual significance in the Inuit culture but were undertaken to boost the village economy, often with the encouragement and support of government economic-development agencies and NGOs.

For lunch, we stopped at the museum’s restaurant, which earned its generally positive reviews. The sky had cleared, so we sat on the terrace, enjoying a serene view, punctuated by several pieces of large sculpture, down a grassy slope to the woods bordering the St. Lawrence River. Our waitress was cordial and professional, and the food was attractively presented. We both started with a cup of cold cream of celeriac soup, refreshing but a bit odd, like cream of grass. For the main plates, Charles chose well-seasoned and tender braised veal; Sandy, filet of red trout in a succulent pepper sauce. Both were served on a bed of fresh seasonal vegetables; Charles’s came with Yukon gold potatoes, Sandy’s with couscous. Topped with a crust of broiled maple sugar, the crème brulee was a knockout.

Thank Sandy S
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