Inaugural program features world’s largest collection of Picasso linocuts, artist-led projects, immersive installations, and modern and contemporary art from Canada and the world
Canada’s museum of modern art, Remai Modern, has announced the full list of artists participating in its inaugural exhibition, Field Guide, which debuts during October 21, 2017, the opening of the direction-setting museum in Saskatoon.
Curated by Executive Director & CEO, Gregory Burke, and Director of Programs & Chief Curator, Sandra Guimarães, Field Guide will feature contemporary projects, commissions and immersive installations by nearly 80 renowned Canadian and international artists — many of whom are showing in Canada for the first time. The building-wide exhibition will create a dialogue between these works and a selection from Remai Modern’s permanent collection.
“The breadth of artists we’ve brought together for our inaugural exhibition, Field Guide, is quite expansive and diverse,” said Burke. “With works from leading American artists like John Baldessari, Christopher Williams, Lawrence Weiner and Pae White, prominent international artists including Walid Raad, Rosemarie Trockel, Haegue Yang and Philippe Parreno, as well as renowned Canadian artists such as Stan Douglas and Ian Wallace and locals like Bob Boyer, Eli Bornstein and Kara Uzelman, we’ve produced a program that introduces Remai Modern’s philosophy and direction. On one hand, Field Guide points to a field of relations impacting on the development of art and its current agency. On the other, the exhibition articulates a spirit of active engagement, curiosity, and disruption that begins to enact Remai Modern‘s vision and its responsibilities going forward.“
Field Guide rethinks the idea of “modern” from multiple cultural, geographic, historic and contemporary perspectives. Legacies are an important component, and the history of the Mendel Art Gallery, from which Remai Modern inherited a collection of nearly 8,000 works, acts as a formative nucleus. Civic engagement, progressive politics, and the unique history of abstraction—fostered by Saskatchewan’s Emma Lake Artists’ Workshops—are explored through their enduring influence. Field Guide also signals a new chapter, debuting many key acquisitions reflecting the aspirations and future growth of the collection.
“Several previously announced commissioned projects anchor the exhibition,” said Guimarães. These include a new “Presence and Production” work by Thomas Hirschhorn titled, What I can learn from you. What you can learn from me. (Critical Workshop); a collaborative installation and discursive event by Tanya Lukin Linklater and Duane Linklater, Determined by the river; and Faces of Picasso: The collection selected by Ryan Gander, the first showing of Remai Modern‘s collection of Picasso linocut prints, the most comprehensive in the world.
A selection of featured artists is outlined below. Full details on their installations as well as the complete list of participating artists can be found here.
Field Guide will feature a number of major installations, both acquired and on loan, from renowned international artists including Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Lawrence Weiner, Haegue Yang, and Pae White, who have adapted their works to fully utilize Remai Modern’s architecture, capacity, and location.
Debut of Key Acquisitions
In the months leading up to Remai Modern‘s opening, the curatorial team has been negotiating major acquisitions of works by renowned international and Canadian artists for initial display in Field Guide.
Among the acquisitions is Stan Douglas‘s video installation The Secret Agent (2015); Ryan Gander‘s Fieldwork (2015), being shown in conjunction with Gander’s selection of Picasso linocuts from Remai Modern’s collection; Jimmie Durham‘s Black bear (2017); and Geoffrey Farmer’s installation, Journal with Norman Bates (Fountain), 2014, to name a few.
In keeping with its vision of creating a museum of national and international significance, while still having strong local touchpoints, Remai Modern’s curatorial team commissioned several works by artists based in Saskatchewan, especially for the inaugural exhibition. These include Eli Bornstein and Kara Uzelman.
For additional information, please visit www.remaimodern.org,