Beaverbrook Art Gallery celebrates opening of new wing this weekend

beaverbrook expansion The single biggest expansion since the founding of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in 1959 is set to open this weekend and includes a shrine to Salvador Dali and his painting Santiago el Grande. The 14,000-square-foot expansion adds galleries, a side-street café, which will be operated by Chess Piece Pâtisserie, a Bruno Bobak artist-in-residence space, and an RBC Learning Centre.
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Bernard Riordon calls this the 'shrine' Salvador Dali's Santiago el Grande. (Nathalie Sturgeon/CBC)

The art gallery's new wing brings light through two expansive windows, and light hardwood floors glisten from the sunlight pouring over them.
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The expansion includes a refurbished section of the gallery, with added walls and a fresh coat of paint. (Nathalie Sturgeon/CBC)

The St. John River can be seen from either window, and in a space inset from one wall, looking quite small at first, hangs the Salvador Dali painting. .

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