Remai Modern Collection
As a major collecting museum in Saskatchewan, Remai Modern holds in trust approximately 8,000 artworks in a wide variety of media. Remai Modern 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 seeks to define itself as a museum of modern art for the 21st century, and the collecting focus is on art produced from around 1900 to the present moment.
The collection supports the museum’s programmatic objective of being a centre of discourse for Canadian perspectives on global art movements. The collection establishes a balance between regional, national, and international relevance, generating compelling connections and situating the art making of the Canadian Prairies in a broader context. It reflects Remai Modern’s ambition to be a leading centre for Indigenous art practices. Part of a sustained program of research and exploration of the 21st century, the collection affirms the powerful role that art and artists play in questioning and articulating experience, knowledge, and society.
Remai Modern’s collecting activities began in 2014, building on the legacy of the Mendel Art Gallery’s 51-year history in Saskatoon (1964-2015). In 1965, the Mendel family donated 13 paintings to form the nucleus for the permanent collection, including work by prominent Canadian modernists. This foundational gift shaped five decades of collecting activity with strengths in Canadian and regional art practices. The collection now totals nearly 8,000 works by artists of local, national and international significance. Notable artists include: John Baldessari, Robert Boyer, Georges Braque, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Anthony Caro, Marcel Dzama, Larry Fink, General Idea, Jack Goldstein, Dan Graham, Rodney Graham, Ken Lum, Louis Marcoussis, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Dennis Oppenheim, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Michael Snow and Nancy Spero. This valuable resource for research and exhibitions lives at the new museum as “The Mendel Art Gallery collection at Remai Modern.”
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102 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon SK S7K 0L3