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Carousel sculpture by Céline Condorelli invites visitors to touch the artwork

For immediate release — March 8, 2022

SASKATOON, CANADA — On March 9, Remai Modern will open the first in a series of works by artist Céline Condorelli in the museum’s in-between spaces. The work, Conversation Piece (Spinning), is part of the artist’s ongoing series of carousel sculptures and invites visitors to have a playful experience at the museum.

“Céline Condorelli has long explored the intersections of art and play through her work. Conversation Piece (Spinning) builds on the lesser-known history of artists who have designed playgrounds and introduced ways to play inside museum spaces,” said Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh, Co-Executive Director & CEOs and co-curators of this project. “We hope visitors will enjoy interacting with this work in their own ways, whether spinning, climbing or conversing.”

The work will be situated in the museum’s Cameco Play Area, located under the staircase on Level 2.

With help from Remai Modern staff, this project engaged with school children from the museum’s Art for Life Program, a partnership with local community schools to encourages a lifelong love of art. For this project, the students helped develop colour studies to inspire this work, giving them the opportunity to learn about the interplay between colour, form and movement. Their studies will be on display at Remai Modern alongside the carousel sculpture until September 2022.

Condorelli is currently engaged in a long-term project at Remai Modern, which will include additional work in 2022 and 2023, each of which will invite visitors to encounter and experience the museum in new ways.

This exhibition is presented by Carvel Creative and the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation, with support from the Consulate General of France in Vancouver.

About Céline Condorelli

Céline Condorelli lives and works between London and Lisbon. The artist’s work addresses the divisions between public and private, art and design, and work and leisure in order to reimagine what art and museums can be, building on the legacies of those who came before her. 

She is known for her research into legacies of modern art and architecture and the ways they come together to reimagine public space with special attention to structures of support. 

Recent exhibitions include Two Years Vacation, FRAC Lorraine, France (2020); TEA, Spain (2021); Céline Condorelli, Kunsthaus Pasquart, Switzerland;  Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark (2019); Zanzibar, permanent installation for the Kings Cross Project, United Kingdom; Vera Cortes, Portugal (2018); Proposals for a Qualitative Society (spinning), Stroom Den Haag, Netherlands; Corps à Corps, IMA Brisbane, Australia, including a sculpture garden which won Australian Institute of Architects Art and Architecture Prize (2017), Gwangju Biennial, Liverpool Biennial, Sydney Biennial (2016).

Condorelli is one of the founding directors of Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK. She is the author and editor of Support Structures published by Sternberg Press (2009), and her first monograph, bau bau is published by Mousse (2017).​

About Remai Modern

Remai Modern is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Traditional Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to First Nations and Métis ancestors and reaffirm our relationship with one another. 

Remai Modern is a new museum of modern and contemporary art in Saskatoon. The museum presents and collects local and international modern and contemporary art that connects, inspires and challenges diverse audiences through equitable and accessible programs.

Open since October 2017, Remai Modern is the largest contemporary art museum in western Canada and houses a collection of more than 8,000 works, including the world’s foremost collection of Picasso linocut prints. 

Remai Modern would like to acknowledge the contributions of the Frank & Ellen Remai Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, SaskCulture through the Sask Lotteries Fund, SK Arts and the City of Saskatoon.

For additional information contact:

Stephanie McKay, Communications Manager