Exhibitions and activities for a fantastic summer at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ)

Attractions to discover, June 19, 2023 2023-06-19
Exposition Alexander McQueen
(Left) Holly King, Lush, 2003. Épreuve à développement chromogène, 1/5, 152 x 109 cm. Purchase for the collection Prêt d'œuvres d'art du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (CP.2006.22). Photo: MNBAQ, Patrick Altman (Right) Alexander McQueen, Woman's Ensemble from the The Girl Who Lived in a Tree collection, Fall/Winter 2008-9. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift from the Collection of Regina J. Drucker. Headpiece created by Michael Schmidt. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

Located in Québec City at the heart of the Plains of Abraham, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) is a cultural destination with something for everyone. Its splendid collection of Québécois art contains more than 42,000 works and its international exhibitions and wide variety of cultural activities do not fail to impress.

Discover Us, a look at the self and the other

Us, a permanent exhibit, aims to be a mirror reflecting our society and invites both individual and collective reflection. Using a collection of 96 works that travel through all eras of the MNBAQ collections, Us is a raw philosophical journey that carries with it three universal themes: identities, migrations and territories. Don't miss this fascinating exhibit that foregrounds the creations of Marie-Claude Pratte, Françoise Sullivan, Manasie Maniapik, Alfred Pellan, Jean Paul Riopelle and many other artists!

See Alexander McQueen: Art Meets Fashion

The first Canadian showing of this internationally lauded designer's work, Alexander McQueen: Art Meets Fashion shines a light on the creative process of the so-called enfant terrible of British fashion. To better understand his background and inspirations, clothing designed by this creator is linked with works of art from different eras by grand masters of art history, such as Picasso. From now until September 10, this exhibit affords visitors the chance to learn more about the artist who made an outsized impact on the fashion industry from 1990 to 2010.

Café Québecor par Laurent Godbout
Le Café Québecor par Laurent Godbout. Photo credit: Valérie Laroche

Cap off your visit in style

Beyond its permanent and temporary exhibitions, the MNBAQ offers a substantial museum experience with a surfeit of cultural activities sure to complement your visit. Make a stop at the museum's book store and boutique, a virtual window onto Québécois creation where you will find Quebec's largest collection of art books. If your newfound knowledge of art has worked up your appetite, visit the Café Québecor par Laurent Godbout. Enjoy creations that play with flavour, texture and colour. You're sure to fall for the charms of this evolving menu concocted by the chef, featuring grilled octopus, salmon gravlax tartlets, a leek vinaigrette, and beef tartare.

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