The Surrey Wins Best City Hotel, US & Best Hotel, New York City Voted by Readers of Travel + Leisure For World’s Best Awards 2017

Upper East Side Luxury Hotel Claims Top Hotel Positions and Celebrates with Special Travel Deal

Each year, Travel + Leisure, the largest travel magazine brand in the United States, encourages travelers to vote on their favorite destinations, hotels, resorts, spas, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators, rental-car agencies, and more. Today, the results of the poll were revealed, and The Surrey was announced Best City Hotel in the United States and Best Hotel in New York City by the readers of Travel + Leisure in the 22nd edition of the “World’s Best Awards.”

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The Surrey Wins Best City Hotel, US & Best Hotel, New York City Voted by Readers of Travel + Leisure For World’s Best Awards 2017

New York City is a highly competitive market with more than 656 properties vying to woo discerning travelers,” said Pedro Dias, general manager of The Surrey. “We are truly honored to receive not only this accolade but also the extraordinary recognition of No. 1 hotel in the U.S. This achievement is a testament to our staff’s dedication to providing customized service to each guest throughout every moment of the travel experience from the first click on the website to check-out.”

Offering 189 salons and suites, The Surrey is New York City’s only Relais & Châteaux hotel, owned and operated by Denihan Hospitality Group. The luxury boutique property is located in the posh Upper East Side neighborhood near The Met Breuer between Madison Avenue and Central Park. Built in 1929, it was once an intimate hideaway to JFK, Bette Davis, and Claudette Colbert. Following a $60 million renovation in late-2009, it exudes the ambiance of a glamorous re-imagined townhome with all the premium features of a hotel.

Known as one of the “World’s Best Art Hotels,” The Surrey offers an extensive contemporary collection, which includes a six foot tapestry of model Kate Moss by Chuck Close, custom pieces by Jimmie Martin and rotating art exhibitions.

Guests of The Surrey are afforded choice amenities such as a Duxiana bed with custom Sferra bedding, plush Italian robes by Pratesi, and bath products by diptyque. The hotel also offers guests Michelin-starred dining by Cafe Boulud, the atmospheric Bar Pleiades, and the award-winning Cornelia Spa.

To celebrate the two major wins, The Surrey has launched a celebratory promotion, An Infatuation Celebration to commemorate the hotel team’s gratitude for the support of its loyal guests. Guests who reserve this special will be treated to a variety of inclusions for an indulgent getaway: a welcome bottle of bubbly, passes to The Metropolitan Museum of Art for two, a celebratory amenity by Café Boulud, a Wellness Soak at Cornelia Spa, and cocktails for two on the picturesque Private Roof Garden or Bar Pleiades. To reserve now, visit www.thesurrey.com/travelandleisure.

In addition to claiming the Travel + Leisure No. 1 Hotel in New York City accolade, The Surrey was also voted No. 1 Hotel in New York City and No. 6 Hotel in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler for the “Reader’s Choice Awards” in October 2015 and 2016.

All results of Travel + Leisure‘s 22nd edition of the “World’s Best Awards” will be published in the August 2017 issue and online at http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four Seasons Announces New 2018 “World of Adventures” Private Jet Itinerary

World of Adventures has added as third 2018 Private Jet itinerary in response to high demand; leading travel journalist chronicles transformational journey aboard Four Seasons Private Jet

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Four Seasons Private Jet

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, today unveils World of Adventures, a new 2018 Four Seasons Private Jet experience set to take flight from October 19 to November 11, 2018. From the Seychelles to the Galápagos, experience the rare, the wild and the beautiful on this trailblazing voyage across eight countries.

The Four Seasons Private Jet takes travelers on a global exploration of carefully curated experiences, creating lasting memories in the world’s most prized destinations. The 2017 International Intrigue itinerary this September has sold out, and bookings for 2018’s Timeless Encounters and International Intrigue are moving quickly, which prompted Four Seasons to add a third 2018 itinerary.

In response to the overwhelming popularity of our Private Jet program, we’re pleased to announce the addition of an all-new 2018 journey, creating, even more, opportunities for guests to experience the extraordinary people and memorable destinations that define the Four Seasons Private Jet Experience,” said J. Allen Smith, President and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

2018 Four Seasons Private Jet Itineraries

NEW: World of Adventures (October 19 – November 11, 2018)

Seattle – Kyoto – Bali – Seychelles – Rwanda – Marrakech – Bogotá – the Galápagos Islands – Orlando

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World of Adventures guests board the Four Seasons Private Jet in Seattle, bound for Kyoto. There they will visit Kikaku-ji, Kyoto’s famed bamboo jungle; study samurai sword-fighting and historic artwork in equal measure; and enjoy a sumptuous private dinner at Kenninji Temple, the most ancient Zen temple in Kyoto. Continue reading

Fun in the Sun: A Traveler’s Guide to Summer in Miami Beach

The summer season is in full swing, which means longer days, hot nights and more fun, making it one of the best times to visit Miami Beach. Travelers can start packing their bags now and head to Miami Beach’s pristine sands thanks to a few tricks-of-the-summer-trade to keep beach-goers safe and protected from the seasonal elements. Known for its year-round sunny skies, the vibrant destination not only produces its own branded suncare line, Miami Beach Suncare but has been ranked by TripAdvisor as a Top Winter Sun Vacation Rental Getaway Destinations, Top Romantic Destinations, Top 25 Beaches in the World and Top 25 Destinations in the U.S.

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From free sunscreen to spa treatments, it’s easy to get a summer glow safely when visiting Miami Beach with these easy-to-follow tips:

Be Sun Savvy. Everyone enjoys a little time in the sun and there are ways to decrease the risk of sunburns. The American Cancer Society reports that people who are heavily exposed to UV rays, found in sunlight, are at greater risk of skin cancer and that putting on sunscreen, a hat or even sunglasses are easy ways to help decrease sun exposure risks.

In support of sun safety, The City of Miami Beach launched the first free Suncare dispenser program for its residents and visitors. There are 50 dispensers offering free Miami Beach Suncare SPF 30 Sea Kelp Sunscreen Lotion throughout the city’s public beaches, pools, and parks allowing users to enjoy fun in the sun safely.

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Miami Beach offers free SPF to visitors and locals through the MB Suncare Dispenser program. This nationwide initiative which launched in Miami Beach will now be available in additional cities including Hempstead and Long Beach, NY.

Summer is one of the best times to visit Miami Beach and we are dedicated to making it safe and easy for tourists and locals to enjoy the variety of activities available during this time of year with the Miami Beach free Suncare Dispenser Program,” says Peggy Benua, Chair of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority. “We are a leader in this initiative that is extending to other cities across the nation, including the Town of Hempstead, NY, and City of Long Beach, NY.

Apply Early And Repeat. The strongest hours of the sun are between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Re-applying sunscreen is key throughout the day, no matter where it takes you. From strolling Lincoln Road boutiques to breezy ocean walks, be sure to set an iPhone or watch alarm to sound every 2 hours as a reminder to lather! And remember, it’s just as important for visitors to load up on SPF on cloudy summer days as well!

Take Cover. Sound impossible to stay indoors during the day on Miami Beach? July is the start of Miami Spa Month (runs through August), offering the best excuse to stay indoors and indulge in luxury spa treatments focused on keeping skin hydrated and refreshed. Miami Spa Month Offers:

  • Bamford Haybarn Spa at the 1 Hotel South Beach: Enjoy treatments like the Bamford Swedish Massage or Bamford Radiance Facial for $109 including complimentary valet, a beach chair and Plnthouse Kombucha.
  • The Spa at The Setai, Miami Beach: Unwind with a relaxing Asian Fusion Massage for two or refresh with the Fresh Skin Ritual for $109, including perks like discounted valet and access to the exclusive pool and private beach area.
  • The Spa at Ritz-Carlton, South Beach: De-stress with an aromatic Relaxation Massage, hydrate with a Deep Cleansing Facial or relax in a Zero Gravity Chair part of the Timeless Capsule Experience for $109 along with access to complimentary saunas, steam rooms, and lounges.
  • Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau: Release tension with a Hot Rock Massage or Aromatic Swedish Massage treatment for two in an Oceanview spa suite for $139 and bask in complimentary eucalyptus steam baths and mineral pools.

Miami Beach is a favorite destination among travelers worldwide. Renowned for its unparalleled culinary offerings, extravagant nightlife, rich culture, luxe shopping and plush hotels, Miami Beach is home to unique museums, the New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, Miami Beach Convention Center, international festivals and art exhibitions, boat and auto shows, over 187 boutique and resort hotels and 12 public parks; it is no wonder the beautifully diverse city is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. Boasting seven miles of breathtaking beaches, Miami Beach is easily accessible from the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport. The City of Miami Beach has been named one of the top cities worldwide for ‘walkability’ and is equally easy to navigate by bike or boat.

For more information on how to play it safe in the sun this summer, events and happenings for Miami Beach Spa Month, download the Miami Beach Information App at www.miamibeachapi.com/app/.

W Hotels Electrifies the Shanghai Skyline with the Debut of W Shanghai – The Bund

Flagship Hotel Marks the Brand’s First in Shanghai and Third in Mainland China

W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, today unveiled W Shanghai – The Bund, located in the heart of one of the world’s most energetic cities. With limitless views overlooking the Huangpu River, W Shanghai will set the scene on the North Bund. Owned by Sinar Mas Group, the hotel features a blend of bold design and decadent style which combines to create a captivating contrast of W-Logo LogoShanghai’s past and its avant-garde present.

Shanghai is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, and its engaging nightlife, spirited fashion scene and passion for what’s new/next makes it an ideal destination for the W brand,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “Our hotels across the world are incredibly unique- each reinterpreting its destination through design that is both hyper-local and yet, clearly W. The electrifying design of W Shanghai – The Bund is no exception, solidifying its position as a global flagship for W that is sure to attract both guests and savvy locals alike.”

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Exterior shot of the W Shanghai – The Bund

Designed by the acclaimed G.A Design, the hotel showcases an exciting combination of historic and modern influences, such as Hai Pai – the art of combining the old and the new, East and West. This is evident in both the hotel’s location, perfectly positioned between the Suzhou Creek and the Huangpu River, as well as the surrounding locale, where Art Deco buildings sit alongside opulent Chinese mansions. W Shanghai – The Bund draws upon colonial glamour and futuristic motifs, with nearly all guestrooms featuring views of the Huangpu River due to the uniquely curved frame of the building’s edifice.

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The W Shanghai – The Bund, overlooking the Huangpu River and featuring a blend of bold design and decadent style.

Over the past few years we have seen incredible growth worldwide across our brands, with the China market becoming increasingly important for Marriott International,” said Stephen Ho, Chief Executive Officer, Greater China, Marriott International. “The opening of the W Shanghai – The Bund underscores the ambitious expansion of Marriott International’s Luxury Brands in Greater China.”

Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by neon light installations throughout the hotel’s Living Room (the W brand’s take on the staid hotel lobby). For centuries, Shanghai-locals have honored the Lilong tradition, in which wet laundry is hung on lines to dry at varying heights down narrow laneways. This installation was designed as a modern reinterpretation of this classic scene. The Welcome Desk (reception area) features a kaleidoscopic fixture, mirroring the constant flow of guests through the area. The ‘Melting Qipao’ pattern, a representation of Shanghai as a melting pot of cultures, can be seen on the walls of the WC (restroom). Continue reading

Crystal River Cruises Unveils Authentic, Inspired Culinary Concepts For Crystal Bach

Crystal River Cruises has unveiled detailed highlights of the culinary concepts and offerings to be featured aboard Crystal Bach, the first of the company’s “Rhine Class” river yachts, debuting in August. Sailing routes along the Rhine, Danube and Main Rivers, the all-balcony, all-suite vessel will offer sophisticated menus of cuisine inspired by the region, artfully crafted by a team of expert European chefs. And while the specialties themselves will be creatively designed specifically for Crystal Bach’s stunning itineraries, the philosophy of culinary excellence remains rooted in Crystal’s commitment to using the freshest ingredients sourced from local suppliers and serving dishes that authentically represent the destinations visited.

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As the first ‘Rhine Class’ river yacht, Crystal Bach will introduce a new standard of luxury in river cruising on many fronts, including the culinary concept and innovative experiences found on board,” says Edie Rodriguez, CEO and president of Crystal. “While we are always pursuing new and distinctive experiences on each of our luxury vessels, our overall dedication to unsurpassed quality and abundant choices remains constant.

Guests will dine on fresh fish and seafood from Holland, seasonal fruits and vegetables from Germany and the Netherlands, meat and poultry from farmers in Bavaria and the Austrian Alps, along with wine, beer and cheese specific to the region. Uniquely European delicacies will also be featured on the expansive menus, including sturgeon caviar from Eindhoven and river crawfish from the Rhine. Additionally, as aboard Crystal’s first luxury river ship, Crystal Mozart, coffees and teas by Julius Meinl, a prestigious Vienna-based company who has crafted the beverages since 1862, will be served on Crystal Bach.

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Artist Concept of Waterside Restaurant on Crystal Bach

Crystal chefs will create dishes that have been favored by local people and nobility for centuries, as well as some options that boast a modern twist on the classics. From the elegant Waterside Restaurant – the main dining room aboard Crystal River vessels – to the relaxed Bistro Café and the exclusive Vintage Room, guests will find farm-to-table, Michelin-inspired cuisine that complements the cultural discoveries of their journey.

Dutch herring on dill mousse and German green split pea soup with smoked duck join other European delicacies like Dornfelder braised oxtail ragout and Boeuf Bourguignonne. Mouthwatering dishes such as truffle spring chicken cassoulet “En Croute,” broiled dover sole “Meuniere” and cold-water lobster served with a creamy leek risotto are also among the culinary palate pleasers.

A brand new dedicated selection of vegetarian dishes will also be offered aboard Crystal Bach, which will offer the same fresh and authentic approach to the overall menu.

The culinary experience aboard all Crystal vessels is meant to inspire travelers to discover more about the world they explore, as food and the camaraderie of dining is such an integral part of the travel experience,” says Toni Neumeister, senior vice president of hotel operations. “Guests aboard Crystal Bach will not only enjoy extraordinary new and classic flavors, but also a taste of the history and culture of this beautiful region.

In addition to the inspired cuisine served on board the luxury river yacht, guests can indulge in exclusive dining experiences at Michelin star-awarded restaurants in select destinations. Each 2017 itinerary will feature at least one opportunity to indulge in signature fare of renowned eateries ashore, the first of which will be complementary.

The vessels will be the river cruising industry’s first all-balcony, all-suite designs boasting every category of accommodation perched above the waterline. Every suite will offer Crystal’s acclaimed butler service in every room category, plush king-sized beds that face toward the Panoramic Balcony-Windows™, walk-in closets and dual vanity in the bathrooms in most categories, ETRO robes and slippers, wall-mounted flat-screen HD TVs, and Nespresso machines.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888.799.2437, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.

Patek Philippe Presents The Art Of Watches Grand Exhibition New York 2017

Patek Philippe will present The Art of Watches, Grand Exhibition New York 2017 which will take place from July 13th – 23rd, 2017 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York (and will be open to the general public free of charge). The aim of the Grand Exhibition is to recreate elements of the company that will provide an unforgettable experience for each visitor as close as possible to the feeling Patek Philippe guests have when they visit the company’s manufacture in Geneva, The Patek Philippe Museum, and the historical Salons on the Rue du Rhone. The exhibition is a partnership with partners with The Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club offers innovative after-school and enrichment programs for more than 10,000 youth, ages 6 through 18, in ten locations throughout the Bronx, New York.

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The 11-day public exhibition will showcase Patek Philippe‘s tradition of high-precision watch manufacturing, an insight into the company’s 178-year history as well as its heritage in the domain of Haute Horologerie. Visitors will have the opportunity to discover the world of the last privately family owned Geneva watch company from the inside.

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Visitors will have access to exceptional pocket and wrist watches dating back to 1530 in a space of 13,218 square feet. Watchmaker and Artisan demonstrations are some of the interactive activities taking place during the exhibition as a way to educate visitors on the inner-workings of fine watchmaking. After visitors have concluded their tour they are welcome to rest and relax in the Patek Philippe Café.

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The Art of Watches, Grand Exhibition New York 2017 Entrance

For the first time ever a two-story structure has been created within Cipriani to accommodate the square footage required for an exhibition of this scale. Ten specific rooms (including the Theater Room, Current Collection Room, Museum Room, US Historic Room, Rare Handcrafts Gallery and Grand Complications Room) have been created to showcase unique environments. Visitors will have access to exceptional pocket and wristwatches dating back to 1530. Watchmaker and Artisan demonstrations are some of the interactive activities taking place during the exhibition as a way to educate visitors on the inner-workings of fine watchmaking.

Patek Philippe U.S. President, Larry Pettinelli commented, “We are tremendously proud to have been allowed this rare opportunity to educate the public not only about Patek Philippe, but also the historical significance of timekeeping through the ages.” Additionally, Pettinelli noted, “New York was a logical choice for the U.S. Grand Exhibition, as this was one of the first landing spots for Patek and Philippe in the 1800’s when they began to explore the new world.”

In addition, Patek Philippe has announced The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York Family Day, to take place on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Family has always remained important to the privately owned independent watch manufacture in Geneva, making a dedicated day for families synonymous with the company’s culture and overall philosophy. Family Day will provide visitors with educational opportunities to explore the world of fine Swiss mechanical watchmaking.

Patek Philippe will also offer a commemorative catalog, available for purchase at a nominal fee during the exhibition. This one-of-a-kind catalog will highlight the historical timepieces, current novelties, Rare Handcrafts, and Grand Complications that will be showcased throughout the exhibition. Patek Philippe will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the catalog to The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.

We are so thrilled to be able to use the Grand Exhibition to give back to the local community through the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club,” Pettinelli added. “We could have not chosen a more fitting partner than the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club to benefit from the Exhibition, which we hope will educate thousands of individuals from around the world on the history and current state of watchmaking.

Canada’s Museum of Modern Art, Remai Modern, Announces October 2017 Opening

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 (pronunciation Note: the last name is pronounced RAY-mee), will open to the public October 21, 2017, in Saskatoon. The launch aligns with the international trend of world-class museums opening in unexpected destinations.

Remai Modern is located in Treaty 6 Plains Cree territory and the traditional homeland of the Métis. The museum is informed by the rich history of the Prairies, including Indigenous artists and cultures, progressive political support for art, and unique modernist legacies. The museum’s collection of nearly 8,000 works once resided inside popular local cultural center, the Mendel Art Gallery, and features the foremost collection of Picasso linocuts (406) and 23 Picasso ceramics. Remai Modern builds on the region’s arts legacy created by the former Mendel Gallery and the Emma Lake Artists’ Workshops.

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Remai Modern will open to the public October 21, 2017 in Saskatoon, Canada.

In 1944, the province of Saskatchewan elected the first democratic-socialist government in North America, the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. In 1948 the Saskatchewan Arts Board was founded to provide vital funding to artists in all disciplines. At the time, it was only the second agency of its kind in the world. In the 1950s and 60s, influential modern artists and critics flocked to the Emma Lake artist workshops, just north of Saskatoon. Workshop leaders, including Clement Greenberg, Kenneth Noland, Barnett Newman, Donald Judd, Frank Stella, Anthony Caro and John Cage responded to the wilderness landscape and introduced new concepts. These retreats had a lasting impact on regional aesthetics and fostered exchanges between Canadian artists and the international art world.remai_modern_logo

Remai Modern’s collection of nearly 8,000 works was developed by the Mendel Art Gallery, which opened in 1964 and closed in 2015. An important component of Field Guide will be the Mendel Gift, 13 paintings by Canadian and European modern artists – including Lawren Harris, Emily Carr, and David Milne – donated by Fred Mendel in 1965 and forming the nucleus of the Mendel Art Gallery‘s collection.

Remai Modern will be opening on Treaty 6 territory in the newly developed River Landing area of south downtown Saskatoon, the largest city in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Located in Canada’s heartland, Saskatoon is a budding cultural hub for the worldly traveler to experience the region’s arts scene, local craft breweries, and food movement.

With an international airport only 10 minutes from downtown, travelers can access Saskatoon via daily flights from major Canadian and U.S. destinations. Air Canada and WestJet offer flights through major Canadian cities like Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa/Montreal and Toronto while Delta, United Airlines, and American Airlines fly to Saskatoon through destinations including Minneapolis, Denver, Salt Lake City and Chicago. Saskatoon is also home to a VIA Rail Canada station and is conveniently accessed by major highways.

This project is made possible thanks to contributions from Government of Canada, Province of Saskatchewan, and the City of Saskatoon. As well as program support from SaskCulture, Sask Arts Board, SaskTel, Canadian Heritage, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

The inaugural exhibition, Field Guide, curated by Executive Director & CEO, Gregory Burke, and Director of Programs & Chief Curator, Sandra Guimarães, will animate the entire building. Selected works from the museum’s collection will be displayed in dialogue with contemporary projects by international and Canadian artists. The collection includes some 8,000 works inherited from the (aforementioned) former Mendel Art Gallery, and the world’s most comprehensive collection of Picasso linocuts (406), plus 23 Picasso ceramics. Upon opening, Remai Modern will be an artist-centered institution that raises questions, inspires discussion, and enables transformative experiences among both local and global audiences.

Field Guide is not a thematic exhibition but rather a series of singular positions and coherent groupings of works that introduce Remai Modern’s program philosophy and direction, providing an open framework that invites consideration of a network of issues and questions impacting art and society today.

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?” said Burke. “These questions, and others will continue to inform the development of our programs, articulating a spirit of active engagement, curiosity, and disruption.”

Rather than being a static display, the exhibition will change over time, creating new conversations and rethinking the idea of “modern” from multiple cultural, historic and contemporary positions. Accompanied by a strong focus on live and artist-driven programming, Field Guide introduces the museum as a dynamic field of relations.

The exhibition will be anchored by several major artist projects that propose new social, personal, and political engagements with the institution and its audiences. A full list of artists included in Field Guide will be announced in the fall and will feature emerging and established artists working in a wide variety of media and across disciplines.

New collaborative project by Tanya Lukin Linklater and Duane Linklater

As part of the opening program, renowned Ontario-based artists Tanya Lukin Linklater and Duane Linklater will introduce a new collaborative project in the Connect Gallery, Remai Modern’s free, ground-floor space sponsored by the TD Bank Group.

Responding to the museum’s positioning on the South Saskatchewan River, the artists are developing a physical and conceptual vessel to carry or hold Indigenous ideas, histories, objects, and forms. Titled Determined by the river, the installation will be activated with selections from Remai Modern’s collection, as well as works the artists will bring to Saskatoon. The river has been a gathering place and catalyst for movement for millennia, and the artists see it as a way to imagine Indigenous presences in the past, in the now, and into the future — a continuance. Their project asks, “How are these continuous presences activated in relation to the site of the museum?

The artists are also organizing a series of discursive events to accompany the installation, with contributions from Indigenous artists, filmmakers, curators, and writers, many of whom are based in Saskatoon, or have a relationship to Saskatchewan or the Prairies.

Debut of the Picasso Collection, curated by Ryan Gander

Remai Modern is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of Picasso linocuts, donated to the museum in 2012 by the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation. The inaugural presentation of this collection will be curated by internationally renowned artist Ryan Gander.

Gander’s interest in the linocuts focuses on portraits, as a way to contemplate self-projection and self-image. For Gander, Picasso’s iconic persona makes it difficult to separate the artist’s work and life—they become one grand, extravagant self-portrait. Faces of Picasso: The collection selected by Gander proposes that to understand Picasso, we have to understand his representation of the self.Picasso-widget940x320final-620x211

While Picasso’s works line the gallery walls, the center of the room will be held by Gander’s installation Fieldwork (2015), also recently donated by the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation. Through a window, viewers are presented with a rotating display of idiosyncratic objects connected to the artist. This personal inventory blends biography, memory, and fiction, with Gander’s distinctive sense of humor. Especially for this exhibition, Gander is producing a new object for the installation: a stack of drawings of every Picasso linocut in the museum’s collection. The drawings will also be reproduced in a publication, Picasso and I, offering an intimate catalogue of the collection as interpreted by Gander. Inexpensively produced and available at cost, the book aims to circumvent restrictions around reproductions of Picasso’s work, making the collection more accessible to all.

Critical Work-shop by Thomas Hirschhorn

As part of Field Guide, Thomas Hirschhorn will produce an immersive Critical Work-shop at Remai Modern, titled, What I can learn from you. What you can learn from me. (Critical Work-shop). In advance of the Work-shop, Hirschhorn will spend time in consultation with community groups and organizations in Saskatoon, conducting fieldwork and reaching out to “Teachers” and “Learners” – roles that can also be reversed. The artist will be onsite for the entirety of the Work-shop, from morning to evening, facilitating exchanges of knowledge, skills, and histories between Saskatoon residents and visitors. The gallery will be transformed into a true “Work-shop-Space,” with its own furniture, materials, tools, and hardware, proposing its own organization and logic.

What I can learn from you. What you can learn from me. (Critical Work-shop) will be the first “Presence and Production” work realized by Hirschhorn in Canada. It continues the artist’s approach of constant onsite engagement, as developed in recent projects such as Flamme Eternelle (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2014), and Gramsci Monment (produced by Dia Art Foundation and installed at Forest Houses in the Bronx, NY, 2013). These inclusive projects oppose hierarchies of culture and artistic value, encouraging unexpected encounters and critical social discourse. What I can learn from you. What you can learn from me. (Critical Work-shop) closely aligns with Remai Modern’s direction as a museum rethinking the conditions for learning.

The Remai Modern Experience

Set where the South Saskatchewan River meets downtown Saskatoon, Remai Modern has a dramatic impact on the city’s skyline. Designed by architect Bruce Kuwabara, founding partner of renowned Canadian architectural firm KPMB, the structure features four cantilevered, horizontal spaces inspired by the low, flat topography of the surrounding Prairie landscape. Portions of the museum’s exterior are covered in a copper-colored mesh screen created by James & Taylor, in a reference to the copper roof of Saskatoon’s landmark Bessborough Hotel.

In addition to acting as a gathering place for the local community, the elaborate museum will be an attraction for visiting Canadians, international travelers, and the global art community. Remai Modern‘s spaces are designed for dynamic experiences and will allow for world-class art to be showcased around every corner. The museum will boast intimate spaces and dramatic expanses, along with an atrium and outdoor terraces offering stunning views of the river and sky. The ground floor will feature large-scale art commissions, a changing gallery space, and an active learning studio, as well as a fireplace and open lounge areas, an art and design store, and a restaurant. On the second and third floors, visitors will find Remai Modern’s main programming spaces including collection galleries, a Picasso gallery and sizeable spaces for temporary and internationally touring exhibitions.

Other areas of the building include a 150-seat lecture theater, and impressive event and entertainment spaces, which will be used for performances, members’ nights, private rentals and community events.