Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Remai Modern to open in Canada this October

The Remai ModernCanada's Museum of Modern Art in Saskatoon

The Remai ModernCanada's Museum of Modern Art, will open to the public this October 2017 in Saskatoon. The launch aligns with the international trend of world class museums opening in unexpected destinations.


The Remai Modern will be home to the world's most comprehensive collection ofPicasso Lino Cuts, donated to the museum in 2012 by the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation. The museum has  406 Picasso linocuts and 23 Picasso ceramics. The inaugural presentation of this collection will be curated by internationally known artist Ryan Gander.

Set where the South Saskatchewan River meets Downtown Saskatoon, Remai Modern has a dramatic impact on the city's skyline. Designed by architect Bruce Kuwabara, founding partner of the Canadian architectural firm KPMB, the structure features three cantilevered horizontal spaces inspired by the low flat topography of the surrounding Prairie landscape.


The Remai ModernCanada's Museum of Modern Art in Saskatoon

Portions of the museum's exterior are covered in copper coloured mesh screen in reference to the copper roof of Saskatoon's landmark Besborough Hotel. The spaces of Remai Modern are designed for dynamic experiences and will allow for world class art to be showcased around every corner.

The ground floor will feature large scale art commissions, a changing gallery space and an active learning studio as well as a fireplace and open lounge areas, an art and design store and a restaurant. On the second and third floors, visitors will find Remai Modern's main programming spaces including collection galleries, a Picasso gallery and sizeable spaces for temporary and internationally touring exhibitions.

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