Historic Donation Worth Over $120 Million To The Musée National Des Beaux-arts Du Québec

The Authorities of Quebec allocates $20 million for the development of a new pavilion devoted to the works of the legendary Canadian artist

QUEBEC CITY, Dec. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – As Quebec prepares to have a good time in 2023 the centenary of Riopelle, one among its most illustrious artists, the Jean Paul Riopelle Foundation is thrilled to verify an distinctive donation to the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) with a complete estimated worth of greater than $120 million, making it the most essential donation ever introduced in the historical past of Quebec philanthropy.

This unbelievable donation contains properly over 60 prestigious artworks from Jean Paul Riopelle, evaluated to be price over $100 million in whole, in addition to $20 million in money to allow the creation of a brand new world-class pavilion as a part of the MNBAQ’s advanced. Espace Riopelle (working title) will likely be nestled in the coronary heart of the majestic Plains of Abraham, in Quebec’s capital metropolis.

4 of the Jean Paul Riopelle Basis’s founding families1, specifically Michael J. Audain, O.C., O.B.C.; André Desmarais, O.C., O.Q., and France Chrétien Desmarais, C.M.; Pierre Lassonde, C.M., G.O.Q.; in addition to Yseult Riopelle will mark historical past and considerably enrich the MNBAQ’s Quebec Artwork Assortment.


The Authorities of Quebec will even contribute $20 million to this nice legacy challenge, Quebec Premier François Legault introduced throughout a press convention held at the MNBAQ in presence of representatives from the Riopelle Basis and different distinguished friends. This sum will likely be added to the $20 million donation from the Riopelle Basis founding households for the development of a brand new house solely devoted to the distinctive artist Jean Paul Riopelle.

The MNBAQ Basis will even contribute $2.5 million in the direction of a renewed presentation setting for one among the Museum’s Riopelle Assortment masterpieces, L’Hommage à Rosa Luxemburg, as a part of the new pavilion.

A singular web site worthy of the artist

To focus on what has change into this wealthy assortment, the world’s largest public assortment of Riopelle’s works, a brand new pavilion displaying a singular architectural signature that meets the world’s most stringent design, museological and conservation requirements will likely be erected by the MNBAQ on the Plains of Abraham, at an estimated whole value of $42.5 million.


Providing a panoramic view of the huge park that surrounds it and of the St. Lawrence River in the distance, Espace Riopelle (working title) will supply loads of exhibition house, permitting for dozens of the world-renowned artist’s masterpieces to be showcased.

In compliance with the Authorities of Quebec’s necessities, an architectural competitors will likely be held. Building work will start in 2023, the 12 months of Riopelle’s a centesimal birthday. The brand new pavilion’s inauguration is scheduled for 2025.

The height of Riopelle’s Centenary Celebrations

The opening of the new pavilion will conclude the national and worldwide celebrations of Riopelle’s centenary, which is able to start in the fall of 2022. A number of exhibitions, numerous performances in addition to instructional and commemorative actions are deliberate all through the 12 months 2023 in Canada and round the globe, with touring productions deliberate till 2025.


Montreal, the place the artist was born, will even play a central function in celebrating with nice splendour his extraordinary contribution to the historical past of artwork. Town will likely be internet hosting quite a few inventive occasions premieres and main tasks from prestigious establishments and artists throughout these centenary celebrations. A number of different areas of Quebec will even maintain numerous cultural occasions honouring Riopelle’s spectacular legacy. Quebec’s inventive expertise will shine throughout the world in the years main up to the inauguration of the new house at the MNBAQ in 2025, which will likely be these in depth festivities’ remaining act.

The achievement of Riopelle’s dream

The love story between Jean Paul Riopelle and the MNBAQ is hardly new. Certainly, in the Nineteen Eighties, the artist dreamed of putting in in what’s now the Charles-Baillairgé Pavilion (previously the Quebec Metropolis jail) an exhibition house devoted to his work in dialogue with the work of different artists. His dream will quickly change into a actuality.

The works provided to the MNBAQ by the collectors and founding members of the Jean Paul Riopelle Basis, who’re at the supply of this main legacy challenge, will likely be added to a wide-ranging public assortment of Riopelle’s works, already the largest public assortment of its form on the globe, encompassing practically 450 artworks. The donation will solely reinforce the MNBAQ Riopelle Assortment’s standing as the most consultant of all of Riopelle’s work, with items from all durations of his profession and from all the mediums and methods he has used by way of his many many years of inventive creation – work, works on paper, sculptures in addition to combined media.

In 1956, the MNBAQ was the first museum to purchase a piece by Riopelle and its subsequent dedication to the artist has been steadfast. The MNBAQ has devoted quite a few exhibitions and publications to the artist over the years. L’Hommage à Rosa Luxemburg, one among the Quebec Assortment’s masterpieces – donated to the MNBAQ by Riopelle himself in 1996, when John R. Porter was its Common Director – is a scintillating presence in the Museum and vividly reveals Jean Paul Riopelle’s genius and spirit.


“The Jean Paul Riopelle Basis is proud to be part of forces with the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Authorities of Quebec to perform this main challenge that can perpetuate Riopelle’s invaluable legacy for generations to come. It was the artist’s long-cherished dream to see such a challenge carried out and, on the eve of the centenary celebrations, it’s the most interesting reward and the most hanging recognition that we are able to supply him. Riopelle is definitely one among the most excellent artists of his interval and we’re delighted {that a} web site worthy of his spectacular contribution to the historical past of Quebec and Canadian artwork and artwork the world over will likely be devoted to his oeuvre. We lengthen our warmest thanks to all the companions concerned for his or her treasured collaboration, which is able to quickly make Riopelle’s dream a actuality.”
–  Michael J. Audain, O.C., O.B.C., Chair of the Board of Administrators and Co-Founding father of the Jean Paul Riopelle Basis and member of the group of philanthropists who championed this donation

“A singular bond unites Riopelle with the MNBAQ. The MNBAQ is proud to supply him a brand new house. Grateful and obsessed with this outstanding and unparalleled donation, which is able to mark the historical past of philanthropy in Quebec, this challenge will considerably form the way forward for our establishment. I can already inform you that the new signature constructing will mix harmoniously with our Museum advanced and exploit the full potential of its distinctive web site. The dialogue between structure and the park will likely be privileged so as to supply Riopelle’s works a setting echoing his major supply of inspiration: nature. The notion of territory, inseparable from the Quebec identification and the works of the artist, will even be at the coronary heart of this inspiration. A brand new platform for interplay, this place will serve the mission of the MNBAQ by selling an unprecedented dialogue between Riopelle’s oeuvre and artists from all disciplines.”
– Christiane Germain, C.M., C.Q., Chair of the Board of Administrators of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

About the Jean Paul Riopelle Basis

Envisioned by Riopelle in the Nineteen Sixties, the Jean Paul Riopelle Basis was established in 2019 by a gaggle of Canadian philanthropists, specifically Michael J. Audain, O.C., O.B.C., Yseult Riopelle, Pierre Lassonde, C.M., G.O.Q., André Desmarais, O.C., O.Q., The Honourable Serge Joyal, CP, OC, OQ, MSRC, Advert.E in addition to Dr. John R. Porter, CM, OQ, C.LH, O.AL, MSRC, Ph.D. Its mission is to have a good time and broaden the appreciation of Riopelle and his oeuvre in the historical past of Canadian and worldwide artwork, help and encourage rising visible artists, encourage artistic exploration and experimentation, and promote educating and studying. The Basis additionally serves as a repository and centre of scholarship in the documentation, publication and discourse on the oeuvre of Riopelle. The 12 months 2023 will mark the centenary of his start and will likely be the event of an bold celebration program in Canada and worldwide.  

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Extra info in addition to excessive decision pictures of a few of the donated works will be downloaded by clicking this link.

1 The Honourable Serge Joyal, CP, OC, OQ, MSRC, Advert.E and Dr. John R. Porter, CM, OQ, C.LH, O.AL, MSRC, Ph.D, are additionally founding members of the Riopelle Basis.

SOURCE Jean Paul Riopelle Basis


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