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 2017, 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, $82 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.
Our pre-launch programs, initiated in June, 2015, offer a taste of dynamic exhibitions and programs to come! Remai Modern will spark imaginations and challenge assumptions; engage and nurture our diverse communities; and enrich the public understanding of and appreciation for art throughout Saskatchewan and beyond. We aim to connect local and global communities in exciting ways.
To find out more about our programming initiatives, please visit remaimodern.org/prelaunch.
Remai Modern pre-launch programs are generously supported by the Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture, and the Canada Council for the Arts.
We still need your help.
Remai Modern will become a vital part of Saskatoon. Aiming to become one of the most visionary new art museums of North America, Remai Modern will touch and inspire the entire community.
A gift to Remai Modern supports diverse initiatives, from educational programming and collections, to ongoing building enhancements. Together, we’re building a place for art, a place to learn, a place to connect. Each year, an estimated 90,000 children and youth from across the province will have an opportunity to experience and learn about art through Remai Modern’s public and educational programs.
There are many different ways to show your support for this exciting project. We would be pleased to discuss the giving opportunities that are available to help you choose the best way to direct your gift and make a difference in our community. In addition, we value the support of those who donate their time and good will. We’ll soon be developing Remai Modern membership and volunteer opportunities.
For more information about the ways you can become involved, please contact our development office at (306) 975-8060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mail to: P.O. Box 569 Saskatoon SK S7K 3L6 Canada
TAKE YOUR SEAT
For a one-time donation of $1,000 or more, your name or the names of people special to you will be permanently inscribed on a seat in the gallery’s SaskTel Theatre. Each donation is tax-deductible.
For more information about “Taking your Seat” or to submit “Name(s) to be recognized on chair plate (maximum 30 characters)” please use the form below.
P.O. Box 569
Saskatoon, SK S7K 3L6
950 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 3H6