JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE GUARDIAN KEEPS PROMOTING ITS IMAGINED BILBAO EFFECT – A FAR MORE MODEST AND FITTING BUILDING IN SASKATOON IS DRAGGED INTO THE IDEA – WHAT GUGGENHEIM BILBAO REALLY IS

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN

Bilbao on the prairie: why does tiny Saskatoon need an $85m art gallery?
Saskatoon’s awe-inspiring new Remai gallery has vast ambitions. But does the overspend and hype about indigenous art justify all the bluster?

Bilbao resembles a crash-landed spaceship.

It has no relationship with its surroundings.

Yet The Guardian keeps talking of a Bilbao Effect?

The building is essentially a memorial to wealthy family, a giant, self-indulgent monument or sculpture.

I just don’t see how you can talk of Saskatoon’s Remai gallery in similar terms.

Its total cost wouldn’t pay to keep the stainless steel polished at Bilbao.

And the building is in keeping with its site on the river with its low-slung profile and mainly earthy color.

It is undoubtedly a bit ambitious for the city, but not very at CDN$85 million.

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/nov/23/the-remai-effect-gallery-saskatoon-indigenous-art

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Posted November 23, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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