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Warhol, Lichtenstein and Koons come to Saskatoon

For immediate release — June 26, 2019

Saskatoon, Canada — Starting October 5, Remai Modern is thrilled to present the largest showing of international modern and contemporary art ever in Saskatchewan, spanning more than 12,000 square feet. The Sonnabend Collection at Remai Modern features more than 100 pieces by 68 artists, including iconic works by Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons and Candida Höfer, among many others.

This will be the Collection’s first exposure in Canada, and its most comprehensive presentation to date in North America, introducing audiences to artists of great historical impact and enduring influence. Developed through the vision of influential art dealer Ileana Sonnabend, her husband Michael Sonnabend, and their adopted son Antonio Homem, the collection is among the most significant private holdings of modern and contemporary art in the world.

“The spirit behind the Sonnabend Collection strongly resonates with the mission and vision of Remai Modern. In their formidable support for art, Remai Modern’s lead patron Ellen Remai and Ileana Sonnabend are certainly kindred spirits. With a deep, unwavering commitment, the Sonnabends granted artists the opportunity to push boundaries, defy expectations and exhibit work that was difficult to sell,” said Lynn McMaster, Remai Modern’s Interim CEO. “As a museum, Remai Modern extends this same trust to artists, allowing them to lead us, as they often do, into unfamiliar and challenging territories.”

Through their galleries in Paris and New York, the Sonnabends established an international presence and fostered creative exchanges and new audiences for American artists in Europe and vice versa. Often, they championed artists early in their careers. They anticipated and influenced developments in art including Pop, Minimalism, Conceptualism, Nouveau Realism, Arte Povera, Neo-Expressionism, Neo-Geo, Photo Conceptualism and beyond.

Showcasing the Sonnabend Collection at Remai Modern provides an extraordinary educational opportunity for art lovers of all ages, from schoolchildren to seasoned aficionados. An extensive live program will deliver a wide range of activities to inspire visitors and deepen their connection to the works on view.

An exhibition of this scale and calibre allows Remai Modern to fulfill its capacity to bring the global art world to Saskatoon and to allow visitors to interpret these significant works through their own experiences.

The Sonnabend Collection at Remai Modern will open on October 5, 2019 and run until March 22, 2020. The exhibition is curated by Homem and organized in partnership with the Sonnabend Collection Foundation.

Featured artists:

• Vito Acconci (American),1940-2017

• Giovanni Anselmo (Italian), b. 1935

• Arman (American), 1928-2005

• Richard Artschwager (American), 1923-2013

• John Baldessari (American), b. 1931

• Bernd and Hilla Becher (German), 1931-2007 and 1934-2015

• Lawrence Beck (American), b. 1962

• Larry Bell (American), b. 1939

• Ashley Bickerton (Barbadian), b. 1959

• Mel Bochner (American), b. 1940

• Christian Boltanski (French), b. 1944

• Pier Paolo Calzolari (Italian), b. 1943

• John Chamberlain (American), 1927-2011

• Christo (Bulgarian), b. 1935

• Jim Dine (American), b. 1935

• Carroll Dunham (American), b. 1949

• Elger Esser (German), b. 1967

• Robert Feintuch (American), b. 1953

• Gilbert & George

    o b. 1943, Italian

    o b. 1942, English

• Philip Haas (American), b. 1954

• Peter Halley (American), b. 1953

• Candida Höfer (German), b. 1944

• Jörg Immendorf (German), 1945-2007

• Jasper Johns (American), b. 1930

• Donald Judd (American), 1928-1994

• Clay Ketter (American), b. 1961

• Anselm Kiefer (German), b. 1945

• Jeff Koons (American), b. 1955

• Jannis Kounellis (Greek/Italian), 1936-2017

• Barry Le Va (American), b. 1941

• Sol LeWitt (American), 1928-2007

• Roy Lichtenstein (American), 1923-1997

• Piero Manzoni (Italian), 1933-1963

• John McCracken (American), 1934-2011

• Mario Merz (Italian), 1925-2003

• Robert Morris (American), 1931-2018

• Bruce Nauman (American), b. 1941

• Claes Oldenburg (American), b. 1929

• Luigi Ontani (Italian), b. 1943

• Guilio Paolini (Italian), b. 1940

• A. R. Penck (German), 1939-2017

• Michelangelo Pistoletto (Italian), b. 1933

• Anne Poirier & Patrick Poirier (French), b. 1942

• Rona Pondick (American), b. 1952

• Robert Rauschenberg (American), 1925-2008

• Ryan Roa (American), b. 1974

• Max Becher & Andrea Robbins (American), b. 1964 and 1963

• James Rosenquist (American), 1933-2017

• Clifford Ross (American), b. 1952

• Matthias Schaller (German), b. 1965

• Mario Schifano (Italian), 1934-1998

• George Segal (American), 1924-2000

• Keith Sonnier (American), b. 1941

• Haim Steinbach (American), b. 1944

• Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japanese), b. 1948

• Andy Warhol (American), 1928-1987

• Boyd Webb (New Zealand), b. 1947

• William Wegman (American), b. 1943

• Fischli & Weiss

    o Peter Fischli (Swiss), b. 1952

    o David Weiss (Swiss), 1946-2012

• Tom Wesselmann (American),1931-2004

• Terry Winters (American), b. 1949

• Gilberto Zorio (Italian), b. 1944

About Remai Modern

Remai Modern is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Traditional Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to First Nations and Métis ancestors and reaffirm our relationship with one another.

Remai Modern is a new museum of modern and contemporary art in Saskatoon. The museum is committed to affirming the powerful role that art and artists play in questioning, interpreting and defining the modern era.

Open since October 2017, Remai Modern is the largest contemporary art museum in western Canada and houses a collection of more than 8,000 works, including the world’s foremost collection of Picasso linocut prints.

Remai Modern would like to acknowledge the contributions of the Frank & Ellen Remai Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, SaskCulture through the Sask Lotteries Fund, the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the City of Saskatoon.

For additional information contact:

Stephanie McKay, Communications Manager