June 26, 2017 3:28 pm
Updated: June 26, 2017 3:50 pm

Opening date set for Remai Modern art gallery

Opening date announced, inaugural exhibit revealed for Remai Modern.

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An opening date for the long-awaited Remai Modern art gallery has been set.

The doors to the new gallery in downtown Saskatoon will open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 21.

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The inaugural exhibit will be Field Guide, which will include select works from the museum’s collection along with contemporary projects, commissions and installations by Canadian and international artists.

Remai Modern executive director and CEO Gregory Burke said the exhibit is not theme-based; rather it is a series of groupings meant to show the gallery’s philosophy and direction.

“The concept for Field Guide emerges from a set of questions we asked ourselves during the establishment of Remai Modern, including: What is modern? Can art confront reality? What is urgent and why? How will indigeneity shape the future? And what role can be played by a new art museum opening in Saskatoon, Canada?” Burke said in a release.

Field Guide will feature 13 works donated by Fred Mendel that formed the basis of the Mendel Art Gallery when it opened in 1964. It includes works by Lawren Harris, Emily Carr, and David Milne.

The Mendel Art Gallery closed in 2015.

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The opening will also mark the debut of the Picasso linocuts collection, which was donated to the museum by the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation in 2012.

The gallery was originally slated to be tenant-ready in September 2016, but that date was pushed back to early January 2017.

It was further delayed when a construction benchmark was pushed back by the project’s contractor, Ellis Don.

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The city took possession of the building in March, which is coming in over-budget. The original cost of the building was set at $74.2 million for the gallery and $13 million for the underground parkade.

Total cost of the project was last projected at over $104 million, but officials did not say what the total cost was at Monday’s announcement.

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