What lies beneath…

Located in a historic section of Rue Sherbrooke known as the Golden Square Mile, the Musée des Beaux-Arts Montreal, or Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, is the city’s largest and one of the most famous in Canada.  The art institution is highly regarded as it is frequently the only place in North America where world-renowned exhibitions and ground-breaking collections are featured.  This is only just one reason to love and appreciate the museum.  The other is not so obvious, as the museum actually features two large buildings, the first of which is the new addition which appears below and is clearly very modern in its architecture.

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The Musée des Beaux-Arts.
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The second is the older and original location of the museum.  And it’s the pedestrian access below the streets linking the two where another world opens up.

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The Museum’s original building frequently features art installations at its former entrance, such as this one by sculptor Dale Chihuly.
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The museum’s directors could have simply constructed a simple walkway below the busy street traffic of Rue Sherbrooke.  The chose another route, creating instead impressive exhibition space featuring contemporary and classic art and paintings, some of which are so astonishing, you may find yourself lingering for quite a bit of time before even proceeding to the other wing of the museum.

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“Figure with Two Arms,” Oil on Canvas. Shirley Wiitasalo.
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“Trapeurs d’Hommes.” Kent Manxman.
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