The Remai Modern opened this month in Saskatoon, Canada. The museum marked the occasion with a civic ceremony, live performances, and a weekend of free admission. Funded largely by the Canadian government, the museum seeks to become a preeminent source for modern art in Canada.
With views of the South Saskatchewan River, the 130,000-square-foot, four-story museum designed by Canadian architect Bruce Kuwabara cuts a striking profile on the Canadian prairie. Listed by the The New York Times as a must-visit museum for 2017, the Remai aims to become a major tourist destination in Western Canada.
The Remai has a permanent collection of 8,000 modern and contemporary works from local, Canadian, and international artists. According to the museum, “the collection supports the museum’s programmatic objective of being a center of discourse for Canadian perspectives on global art movements.” A particular point of pride is their extensive collection of Pablo Picasso linocut prints and ceramics.
The museum’s inaugural exhibit, Field Guide, showcases diverse works from their permanent collection and several new commissions, while articulating the museum’s perspective on modern art. Other opening exhibits include a gallery dedicated to Picasso works, and an installation of works by Indigenous Canadians curated by artists Tanya Lukin Linklater & Duane Linklater.
A full calendar of upcoming events and exhibitions is available on their website.