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Remai Gallery Receives Extraordinary Donation of Picasso Prints from the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation

September 25, 2012

SASKATOON, Sept. 25, 2012 /CNW/ – The Board of Trustees of the Remai Art
Gallery of Saskatchewan (www.remai.ca) takes great pleasure in announcing that the Frank and Ellen Remai
Foundation has donated an exceptional collection of 405 Picasso prints
to the Remai Gallery. This Picasso linocut collection, valued at $20
million, doubles the value of the Gallery’s permanent collection.

“This is a transformational gift,” said Board Chair Jason Aebig. “It was
extremely generous of our lead patron, Ellen Remai, to make this
investment in the Gallery’s permanent collection. It will be wonderful
to see the Picasso works on view at the Remai Art Gallery of
Saskatchewan when it opens in 2015.”

“The Remai Gallery is privileged to receive a virtually complete
collection of linocuts, produced by Pablo Picasso,” said the Gallery’s
Chief Curator, Lisa Baldissera. “The editioned prints, experimental
proofs, and working states comprise what is the largest, and arguably
the finest, collection of Picasso linocuts in the world.”

In donating the Picasso collection to the Remai Art Gallery, “I want to
put the Gallery on the international stage,” said Ellen Remai, an
entrepreneur and noted philanthropist. “It is my hope that these works,
by one of the greatest artists of the 20(th) century, will create many opportunities for the Gallery and will
inspire visitors and local artists for decades to come.”

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) made these prints between 1951 and 1966. The
collection was assembled over a period of a decade by Dr. Frederick
Mulder, a London-based, Saskatchewan-born art dealer. The collection
comprises 405 Picasso linocuts: 193 out of 197 linocut subjects he
created, plus 212 working proofs.

A gallery space on the third floor of the Remai Gallery, The Picasso
Salon: International Modern Art, will be dedicated to the Picasso gift
and works of international modernity.

The gift of the Picasso collection follows the Foundation’s 2011
donation of $30 million to the Gallery, directed towards the
construction of the facility, and enhanced programming over the next 30
years.

SOURCE Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan


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