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Québec City Museum Opens New $80 Million Pavilion

Québec City’s Musée nationale des beaux-arts de Québec opened its new 15,000-square-foot pavilion today, Victoria Stapley-Brown of the Art Newspaper reports. “The world heritage site that is Québec City has just added a new emblem,” Line Ouellet, the museum’s executive director and chief curator, said.

The building, which is named for the institution’s chairman, Pierre Lassonde, was designed by the New York outpost of Rem Koolhaas’s Rotterdam-based architectural firm OMA—Office for Metropolitan Architecture. The five-story facility doubles the institution’s exhibition space and includes an auditorium, café, rooftop garden, and underground passageway that connects the pavilion with the three existing buildings on the museum’s grounds.

The museum broke ground on its new nearly $80 million building in 2013. Seven exhibitions of works curated from its permanent collection have been organized to inaugurate the new space.