At Remai Modern, 2022 has begun with optimism, excitement and a full schedule of programs to share with visitors throughout the year. As we continue to navigate the evolving pandemic we are mindful that we have to be nimble as an institution, not only in how we promote the health and safety of our community but in how we continue to connect audiences with art.
With our new strategic plan in hand, we are in a strong position to deliver programming that resonates with our audiences, connects with diverse communities, and is reflective of the place and people of Treaty 6 Territory and Saskatoon.
We are constantly working to find new ways to improve access to Remai Modern and to remove barriers, both real and perceived, that prevent people from engaging with the museum. With that in mind, we recently announced an exciting change to our admission structure. For 2022, admission will be by donation every Wednesday and there will be no charge for people under 18. The goal of this move is to help increase access to the museum’s exhibitions and increase participation in our programs.
To start off the year, we opened a pair of new exhibitions, including Canoe, which takes place in our free Connect Gallery. Using both historical and contemporary works, the exhibition explores many themes, from tradition to recovery, that relate to this iconic vessel.
The second, Ken Lum: Death & Furniture, offers an opportunity to connect with the acclaimed artist’s distinctive, humorous and astute view of the world, including his timely take on work and stress. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase a career-spanning selection of works by this internationally celebrated, senior Canadian artist.
We also recently launched a year-long project featuring artwork by Céline Condorelli. The first piece is part of her ongoing series of carousel sculptures. Visitors are invited to interact with her art, to play and to participate in the museum in new ways.
In the Feature Gallery, John Akomfrah’s three-channel video installation Vertigo Sea is shown along waterscapes from Remai Modern’s collection. The video, on loan from the National Gallery of Canada, is an immersive experience that showcases the power and beauty of the ocean.
Other upcoming exhibitions include Maanipokaa’iini, the first-ever survey of the work of Siksika Nation artist Adrian Stimson. Stimson has strong ties to Saskatoon’s art community and his work explores themes relevant to this place and the people who live here, the centrality of the bison to Blackfoot spirituality and survival, and the intergenerational impacts of the residential school system.
Coming up the in Picasso Gallery is a tantalizing selection of Picasso’s linocuts alongside works by numerous other artists in Remai Modern’s collection. Regarding Desire centres on images of the body as a site of longing. The artists featured capture the vulnerability, playfulness and power of human sexuality in works that range from tender to provocative.
Our staff is also busy planning the latest iteration of our signature art party and fundraiser LUGO. After pausing the event in 2021, we look forward to bringing visitors back into the museum for this one-of-a-kind celebration art that takes over the entire building for one night only. Tickets are available for the April 30 event at remaimodern.org.
We can’t wait to share all of these wide-ranging programs with you and to announce additional exhibitions, installations and more throughout the year. It is a privilege to be able to share art with this community and to help enrich Saskatoon’s cultural fabric.
Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh, Co-Executive Director & CEOs
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