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Remai Modern and University of Saskatchewan to sign partnership agreement

Media Release: For Release Monday, December 4, 2017

Remai Modern and University of Saskatchewan to sign partnership agreement

Saskatoon, Canada — In what is believed to be the first agreement in Canada between a university and a city-owned art museum, University of Saskatchewan President Peter Stoicheff and Remai Modern Executive Director and CEO Gregory Burke will sign an historic partnership agreement Tuesday.

The partnership agreement between Remai Modern and the U of S expresses the aspirations of two of the city’s and the province’s most significant cultural institutions to collaborate in areas of complementary strength and mission.

The partnership recognizes the complementary nature of the two institutions’ visions to be global leaders in select areas of activity—Remai Modern as a direction-setting art museum that boldly collects, presents and interprets the art of our time, developing new models for sharing knowledge and engaging diverse local and global communities—and the U of S as a member of the country’s top research-intensive, medical-doctoral universities with globally recognized expertise in specific areas of research, scholarly and artistic work.

“With this agreement, we’re seeking to optimize the collaborative possibilities between Remai Modern and the university, through joint initiatives that will benefit Remai Modern, the university, and the community,” said Burke.

“The partnership contributes to the international leadership of both organizations and to their respective mandates to serve their local communities,” said Stoicheff. “The respective programs of both Remai Modern and the U of S engage with and impact the broader social, cultural and economic development of the city and the province. Both institutions affirm their commitment to advancing diversity, sustainability, connectivity and creativity.”

The two cultural institutions are agreeing to pursue collaborative enterprises in the areas of public programming; Indigenous initiatives; partnered exhibitions; research, scholarly and artistic work; teaching and instruction; and acquisition activities.

A special focus of the partnership involves engagement with Remai Modern’s pre-eminent collection of Picasso linocuts and a related collection of ceramics by Picasso.

The signing of the partnership, which is open to media and the public, will take place in the atrium at Remai Modern on Tuesday, December 5 at 6:30 PM, in advance of Stoicheff’s “Viewpoints” talk at the museum at 7 PM. The talk is free with admission.

In his talk, Stoicheff, formerly a member of the Remai Modern Board, will share his thoughts on selected works displayed in the museum’s inaugural exhibition, Field Guide. He’ll touch on a selection of linocuts by Pablo Picasso and exemplary modernist works by Saskatchewan artists.

About Remai Modern

Remai Modern, a new museum of modern and contemporary art in Saskatoon, opened October 21, 2017. It aims 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. Remai Modern is home to the world’s foremost collection of Picasso linocut prints, and aspires to be a leading centre for contemporary Indigenous art programming.

About the University of Saskatchewan

The (U of S) is a member of the U15, a group of the top Canadian research universities. Our main campus is home to programs ranging from business, law, and arts and science to engineering, medicine and veterinary medicine, along with many others. Study at the U of S is enhanced by, not only our world-class centres, including the Canadian Light Source synchrotron and the International Vaccine Centre, but also by its many connections with community partners. The university recently developed a partnership agreement with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and is working on an agreement with the City of Saskatoon—the first such agreement between a city and a university. More than 24,000 people, including more than 2,900 self-declared Indigenous students, study at the U of S. More than 150,000 alumni are spread across the globe, building on our history of success to address the world’s challenges now and in the future.

For further information, contact:
Sheila Robertson
Communications Manager
Ph +1 306 975-2242

Jennifer Thoma
 Media Specialist
University of Saskatchewan
Ph +1 306 966-1851