December 18, 2017
Wallpaper* named Remai Modern as a top building that shaped culture in 2017
The striking 126,000 sq ft glass-and-steel Remai Modern opened in the remote prairie town of Saskatoon, located in the country’s vast agricultural midwest. Designed by Toronto-based practice KPMB (with Winnipeg-based Architecture49 on board as architect of record), the state-of-the-art gallery is impressive for its substantial permanent collection, including the most comprehensive assemblage of Picasso linocuts in the world, but also for its generous acquisition and programming budget, the result of one of the largest philanthropic donations in Canada’s arts history. The building stands in a strategic location overlooking a bend in the South Saskatchewan River so that it embraces both the water and the city.