Pablo Picasso, Femmes à leur toilette, 1956, linocut printed in colours, 55.1 x 51.7 cm. Collection of Remai Modern. Gift of the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation, 2012. © Picasso Estate / SOCAN (2022)

Lori Blondeau, Lonely Surfer Squaw, 1997, Duratrans on lightbox, 104.8 × 80.2 × 17 cm. The Mendel Art Gallery Collection at Remai Modern. Purchased with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, 2008.

Douglas Townsend, Bare Ass #1, 1983, Ektacolor RC print, 39.2 x 55.9 cm. The Mendel Art Gallery Collection at Remai Modern. Purchased with funds from the Canada Council Special Purchase Assistance Program and monies raised by the Gallery Group, 1984.

Reta Cowley, Untitled (nude clasping knee), 1952, oil on Masonite panel, 61.1 x 38 cm. The Mendel Art Gallery Collection at Remai Modern. Gift of the artist, 1998.

Jim Dine, Venus at Sea, 1985, softground etching, 85.1 × 59.1 cm. Collection of Remai Modern. Gift of Veronica and David Thauberger, 2016.

Regarding Desire

Pablo Picasso is defined not only by his prolific and influential art career, but by his vigorous appetite for life. Once celebrated as part of his larger-than-life persona, his passionate affairs and sexual exploits are now seen as problematic. 

Through a 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. While acknowledging the familiarity of the human form and the pleasure of desire, the exhibition also reveals dynamics of consent and representation.

Works in the exhibition include the quintessential bathing figure and nude model in the artist’s studio, as well as works that draw on literary and cultural references. The works on view also consider how the gaze and the objectification of the body shape our expectations of beauty, normative sexual behaviour and gender. The artists featured capture the vulnerability, playfulness and power of human sexuality in works that range from tender to provocative.

Join us on August 18, for Looking Up, inspired by Regarding Desire. Enjoy a tantalizing evening themed around the exhibition, including oysters and cava on the rooftop and a tapas-inspired meal in the Riverview Room. 


Curatorial Team

Sandra Fraser, Curator (Collections)


Talks & Symposia

Saskatoon Sexual Health Talks

Regarding Desire


Wednesday 10 AM - 5 PM
Thursday and Friday 10 AM - 9 PM
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM-5 PM
July 1, 10 AM-9 PM

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