After two long years, the Beaverbook Art Gallery is re-opening. The Fredericton, New Brunswick gallery is considered one of the finest in Canada. perhaps best known for the enormous Salvador Dali painting “El Grande,” the gallery is re-opening with an exhibition called ”Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures.”
According to the press release, after being closed for two years due to COVID-19 and various construction projects, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is excited to present this powerful exhibition. “We’re looking forward very much to opening the doors to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery once again,” says Beaverbrook Art Gallery Director, Tom Smart. “This major travelling exhibition from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is a first for Fredericton and for the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, which holds several examples of the artist’s work in the permanent collection.”
Featuring over 180 paintings, drawings, prints, ceremonial objects and archival documents, Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures explores Riopelle’s interest in North American Indigenous cultures as sources and inspirations for his own art. This exhibition is on until July 3.
I’ve visited the gallery several times in the past, so I’m excited to see the results of the renovations. While construction on the Harrison McCain Pavilion continues, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery will be partially open to the public during its summer hours after April 2nd. Some galleries will be closed throughout the spring due to the ongoing construction project. For a full list of exhibition and programming offerings, including tours and lectures, for the month of April, then refreshed each month after, check out the Beaverbrook Art Gallery website.