The Remai Modern is a thought leader and direction setting modern art gallery that boldly collects, develops, presents and interprets the art of our time. Our mandate is to enable transformative experiences by connecting art with local and global communities.
The opportunity to establish a major new art museum from the ground up, backed by such extraordinary vision and commitment, is very rare. We are now in the phase of “becoming” as we set our vision and ambition to be a vibrant, imaginative and prescient museum committed to affirming the powerful role that art and artists play in questioning, interpreting and defining the modern era.
We cannot do this on our own and I invite you to get involved by giving time, or by supporting our capital campaign, which aims to fund construction, support enhancements to the amenities, fund opening artwork commissions and ongoing collection development, enhance program research and development and support visitor access and learning opportunities.”
Due to open to the public in 2016, Remai Modern is one of the most visionary new art museum developments in North America. The building faces the South Saskatchewan River to the south and 2nd Avenue to the east.
Designed by the renowned Canadian architectural firm, KPMB, it will be a striking building from the outside and will offer equally captivating views from within the building. Inspired by the local landscape and the rich history of architectural modernism, the design won a 2011 Award of Excellence from Canadian Architect magazine, well before construction started.
The Prairie-style form responds to the low, flat topography of Saskatchewan’s natural landscape and evokes agrarian traditions of building indigenous low-rise, linear structures. The exterior will be clad in a metal mesh screen, whose copper colour was inspired by the Bessborough Hotel (CNR, 1932), one of Saskatoon’s historic architectural landmarks located further north along the river.
The modernist spirit, initiated with the opening of the Mendel Art Gallery in 1964 and Fred Mendel’s original gift of artwork, is evolving into a more interpretive, challenging, international and unexpected approach to art as Remai Modern echoes the modern Prairie perspective.
The new building is supported by all levels of government and, most importantly, by generous donors, including families and corporations. To date, $76 million has been pledged toward the cost of construction of the gallery. The gallery will also be served by a $19.5-million underground parkade owned and operated by the City.
“The Remai Modern will enrich our lives with creativity, beauty and learning opportunities, and will continue to make the city a great place to live, visit and invest in.” - Ellen Remai
The Art Gallery of Saskatchewan gained momentum in 2009, when Saskatoon’s City Council announced, with the Federal and Provincial governments, the intention to build a purpose-built gallery that would also serve as a destination centre in the city’s south downtown at River Landing.
On June 3, 2011, Saskatoon philanthropist Ellen Remai announced a donation of $30 million to the project, on behalf of the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation. The gift provides for $15 million toward the construction costs of the 11,582-square-metre, four-storey gallery, and $500,000 annually for 30 years, to enhance the new gallery’s exhibition program.
As a true patron of the arts, Ellen Remai then went on to purchase and donate the world’s most comprehensive collection of Picasso linocuts to the new gallery. The collection features works made by the Spanish master from 1951 to 1965.
In gratitude for this generosity, which is unprecedented in Saskatchewan history and one of the largest private donations to the arts in Canadian history, Saskatoon City Council unanimously voted to name the new gallery in her honour.
Current news and information regarding the development and progress of Remai Modern.
• June 19, 2014: BOARD & CEO ANNOUNCE NEW BRAND
• June 19, 2014: ALAIN GAUCHER ANNOUNCED AS BOARD CHAIR
• April 2, 2014: BRAND NAME ANNOUNCED FOR REMAI ART GALLERY OF SASKATCHEWAN
We still need your Campaign donations and sponsorship.
While Remai Modern is becoming a reality, your generous support remains crucial to funding ongoing building enhancements, future art collections, programs and a variety of educational opportunities.
Your gift is a sound investment in the future development of art in our community and in Canada, and we are grateful to all of our donors and funders for their support.
Donate online or call us for more information on giving and sponsorship opportunities as well as donor events.
Art Gallery of Saskatchewan
950 Spadina Crescent East,
Saskatoon, SK S7K 3L6
306 975 8060