Save the Date… 50th Anniversary Gala Bewitched!

Save the Date… and plan to attend the Mendel Art Gallery 50th Anniversary Gala Bewitched! The Magic Continues…

Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel. This spectacular evening features gourmet dining, music and wonderful memories.

The entertainers include:
Jon Ballantyne
Thomas Yu

Proceeds from the gala will support an international lecture program at the Remai Modern, recognizing the legacy of the Mendel Art Gallery. For more information, contact Judy Koutecky at

Karen Tam’s installation process

Karen Tam, 鸕鶿飛 (Flying Cormorant Studio [For Lee Nam])

Watch a time lapse video of Karen Tam’s installation process for 鸕鶿飛 (Flying Cormorant Studio [For Lee Nam]). This video represents seven days compressed into two minutes. Tam’s installation is on view until September 14, 2014, part of Convoluted Beauty: In the Company of Emily Carr.

Karen Tam is a Canadian artist whose research focuses on the various forms of constructions and imaginations of seemingly opposing cultures and communities, expressed through installations in which she recreates spaces such as the Chinese restaurant, karaoke lounge, opium den, and other sites of cultural encounters. For Convoluted Beauty, Tam considers notions of cultural, political, and social exile in her imaginative reconstruction of the studio of Chinese Canadian artist Lee Nam, a friend of Emily Carr.

Mendel at night

Celebrate 50 years

The mid-20th century saw the emergence of new, regional cultural centres across Canada. On October 16, 1964, the Mendel Art Gallery opened its doors on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon. The aspirations for this civic art museum, the largest public art museum in the province, were ambitious and international.

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ART in PRINT Thursday, June 19, 7-9 p.m.
Publications – Readings – Party
Join us for this launch of recent publications by Saskatoon galleries. The event is at the Frances Morrison Library Gallery, 2nd floor, 311 – 23rd Street East. Co-presenters are: AKA artist-run, BlackFlash Magazine, Kenderdine Art Gallery/College Art Galleries University of Saskatchewan, Kimiwan Zine, Mendel Art Gallery, PAVED Arts, Saskatoon Public Library.


MYC Blog Launch Event

Celebrate the launch of
Mendel Youth Council’s blog with


…that’s Bring Your Own T-shirt.

You will have the chance to silkscreen your shirt with a design provided by MYC artists.
All supplies — other than T-shirts — will be provided.

Saturday, May 3, 2-4 p.m. FREE
at the Mendel Art Gallery
950 Spadina Cres E, Saskatoon

Check out the MYC BLOG at

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Public Lecture: “Art Beyond the Event Horizon”

“Art Beyond the Event Horizon” by Stephen Wright
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Mendel Art Gallery
What will the art of the future look like? Speculating on such things is fraught with risk, but consider that it may not resemble “art” as we have known it. Like forecasting the weather, forecasting the art to come would entail analyzing long-term trends, perhaps focusing less on art’s behaviour in the attention economy, where there are many demands on human awareness, than on the movements of art in the shadows.

Art historians have accustomed us to think of art in terms of events (exhibitions, publications, performance), but that may represent a mere fraction of current art practice. There is a history of discrete artistic practice that has turned away from event-making, making itself available for other uses. The issue, then, may be less about forecasting the art of the future than gaining insight into practices of art in the here and now, operating beyond the event horizon.


Launching this spring, and continuing through 2015, staff at the Mendel Art Gallery, as well as art and community professionals in Saskatoon, will be undertaking a series of lectures, workshops and seminars titled Museums 3.0.

Museums 3.0 refers to a critical framework for the re-consideration of the use-value of museums, drawn from the work of art theorist, Stephen Wright. Wright’s theory of the museum centres on a notion of usership – a category of engagement with art that eschews spectacle and didacticism but provides for the radical performativity of art in the everyday world.

Museums 3.0 will address a range of conceptual, programming and professional issues shaping the terms of a 21st-century art museum. It re-presents an innovative, discursive and collaborative approach to developing the thinking that will inform the artistic direction of the Remai Modern, opening in 2016.

The first in the Museums 3.0 program is a seminar series to be led by Stephen Wright, professor of theory at the European School of Visual Arts in Paris, France. Wright will also deliver a public lecture at the Mendel Art Gallery.

Remai Modern, Art Gallery of Saskatchewan
Remai Modern, Art Gallery of Saskatchewan is a visionary new art museum development in North America. Located at River Landing in downtown Saskatoon, the gallery, scheduled to open in June 2016, will be an architectural centrepiece for the city. Designed by the renowned Canadian architectural firm, KPMB, it will be a striking building from the outside and will offer equally striking views of the South Saskatchewan River valley from inside. The design, inspired by Saskatoon’s rich history of architectural modernism, received an Award of Excellence from Canadian Architect magazine in 2011.

Remai Modern will be the largest gallery in the province, and five times the size of Saskatoon’s current Mendel Art Gallery. It will bring world-class national and international exhibitions of modern and contemporary art to Saskatoon. In addition, the gallery includes studio classrooms, a 150-seat film and lecture theatre, meeting rooms, a restaurant and major spaces for catered receptions and public events.

The new building is supported by all levels of government and, importantly, by generous donors and corporations, including the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation, which donated $15 million towards construction costs and $15 million for future programming. In addition, the Foundation has donated a $20-million collection of Picasso linocut prints. The combined donation is among the largest to an art gallery in Canada.


For more information, please contact: or

Exhibition Tour

Free exhibition tour every Sunday at 1 p.m.
Meet in the lobby. No registration required.

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Location & Hours

950 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Regular Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Free admission