Settled among the wheat fields and mineral mines of the Canadian plains, the city of Saskatoon is hardly a hotbed for contemporary art. Yet having watched art lovers descend on out-of-the-way locales like Arkansas’ Bentonville and Colombia’s Bogota, Saskatoon is determined to join the global circuit this fall.
For bait, the Canadian government spent $63 million on a 130,000-square-foot, Jenga-like museum complex sheathed in copper and glass called Remai Modern. The space, designed by Toronto firm KPMB, is named after a local collector, Ellen Remai (pronounced “RAY-mee”), who gave additional funds and art. It opens Oct. 21 in downtown Saskatoon.Return to News