Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Awarded in 2009
Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Fredericton is immensely proud of its Beaverbrook Art Gallery, and so it should be: the gallery is the envy of many a larger centre. The surprises begin in a foyer just inside the entrance, where hangs Santiago El Grande, the mammoth painting Salvador Dali completed just two years before the gallery opened in 1959, A gift of Lord Beaverbrook, the millionaire Canadian businessman who became a British press baron, the gallery houses remarkable collections of Canadian and international art. They include paintings by Cornelius Krieghoff, Molly and Bruno Bobak, Mary and Christopher Pratt, Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable, and J.M. Turner. The Beaverbrook is also a venue for prestigious touring exhibitions, some of which are shown in the Marion McCain Atlantic Gallery, a spacious wing added to the gallery in 1994. At the opening of the original building in 1959, Lord Beaverbrook said: "The eyes of youth, falling upon these walls, may draw from them an impulse to create and emulate." Today, art flourishes in Fredericton, and the Beaverbrook Gallery is part of the reason.