A new museum

In 2011, Saskatoon entrepreneur and philanthropist Ellen Remai announced a donation of $30 million to the new museum on behalf of the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation, to support construction and enhance Remai Modern’s exhibition program.

In recognition of this generosity—unprecedented in Saskatchewan, and one of the largest private donations to the arts in Canadian history—Saskatoon City Council unanimously voted to name the museum in Ellen Remai’s honour. As well, in 2012, the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation donated 405 linocuts by the iconic Spanish artist Pablo Picasso—the most comprehensive collection of its kind in the world—to Remai Modern. Art specialist and philanthropist Frederick Mulder complemented the gift in 2014, with his donation of an additional linocut and 23 ceramic pieces by this iconic modern artist.

“Since opening day, we have delighted in the many ways of presenting and interpreting the work of this great artist. This will be further enhanced when we host the upcoming international Picasso symposium.” — Lynn McMaster, Remai Modern Interim Executive Director & CEO, 2019-2020

Building on the legacy of the Mendel Art Gallery, Remai Modern continues setting new directions for art in Saskatchewan. With increased capacity and a diverse team, Remai Modern is advancing as Canada’s museum of modern art.

Through a diverse and regularly changing exhibition program, the museum affirms the critical role that art and artists play in questioning, interpreting and defining the art of our time locally, nationally and internationally. ​


Remai Modern is temporarily closed in an effort to help mitigate risks to the public related to the spread of COVID-19.

Questions? email info@remaimodern.org

102 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon SK S7K 0L3