Beaverbrook Art Gallery prepares to partially reopen after two years of renovations


The doors of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton have been open to the public for over two years.

In a few weeks, the gallery will enter its first phase of reopening.

“It’s like an oven, an oven is for cooking food, an art gallery is for bringing people in and appreciating art. So we’re really looking forward to having our tenure again,” said John LeRoux, the collections manager. and exhibitions at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

The gallery’s programming is planned for the next three years.

“We’re really proud to invite the whole community, to see the work in progress, the renovations going on in parts of the gallery, a lot of new collections that we’re going to be very proud to show,” said Tom Smart, Director of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

The reopening will feature a collection on loan from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

“One of the great traveling exhibitions across Canada for the last ten years, an exhibition by the great Jean-Paul Riopelle,” said LeRoux.

“[He] is one of the most important modern artists in Canadian history, with one of the greatest international reputations.

Even though the doors to the gallery have been closed to the public, LeRoux says that hasn’t slowed things down.

“I’m not kidding, I’ve been as busy as ever,” he said.

“We built a whole new database. Each artwork has been photographed and will be available on our new website which will be launched in a few weeks,” said Smart.

While parts of the gallery have been renovated, the Harrison McCain Pavilion is still under construction and will not be unveiled until the fall.

“We are going to have, for the new opening, substantial and permanent art installations in the new wing that are going to really open people’s minds and be really exciting, of real national significance, that will be part of the architecture, ” , said LeRoux.

The first phase of the reopening of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery will take place on April 2.


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