The Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan officially opens to the public on Saturday.
The four-storey art gallery on River Landing features 11 galleries, including some of the original artwork from the former Mendel Art Gallery and new exhibits across the world.
However, the opening was delayed a year for construction delays, and it cost 10 million dollars more than they expected to construct the building. Executive Director and CEO Gregory Burke was asked what he would say to those critical of the building’s delays.
“I would say just give us a chance to open and be open to the actual impact that this gallery will have on this community, which I think will be very significant.”
Burke says there has been a lot of buzz in the art world about the opening of the gallery, and he is excited to be at the opening stage.
7-thousand people will be checking out the art gallery on opening weekend, and tens of thousands of children are also expected to take in the art gallery over the course of the school year.