With the opening of the Pierre Lassonde pavilion, and for the first time since 2000, visitors are able to enjoy Jean-Paul Riopelle’s monumental fresco Tribute to Rosa Luxemburg as one continuous movement and in all its splendour!
This narrative sequence of thirty paintings forming a triptych more than forty metres long dazzles in the Riopelle Passage by CGI, the tunnel which links the new building to the existing museum and serves as a true bridge between its glass and steel architecture, providing a place of honour for contemporary art from 1960 to the present day, and the Musée’s heritage buildings, particularly the building devoted to Four Figures of Modern Art in Québec, of whom Riopelle is one.
On display here in a glass case with subtle lighting, Jean-Paul Riopelle’s largest work was acquired by the Musée in 1996 and has been seen by more than 1.3 million people since that date. Riopelle began work on this immense composition in his studio on Île-aux-Oies in November 1992, after having learned of the death in Paris of his former companion, the American painter Joan Mitchell (1926-1992). The masterwork of the MNBAQ collection has never had a finer tribune.