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Whistler’s artistic side
The Audain Art Museum opens on Blackcomb Way
Whistler’s new Audain Art Museum opened on March 12. Built in a grove of Engelmann and Sitka spruce hybrids on Blackcomb Way, it’s designed to integrate seamlessly into its surroundings. “The feeling is that the museum will be quietly inserted into a void within the forest,” architect John Patkau prior to the opening. “It will be recessive and restrained in its visual presence.” The museum’s main section is on two levels and features the collection of art philanthropist Michael Audain and his wife Yoshiko. Spanning from the 18th century to present day, the permanent show features 200 works including one of the finest First Nations mask collections in the world, many pieces by Emily Carr, and others by post-war modernists such as E.J. Hughes, Gordon Smith and Jack Shadbolt. The temporary exhibition wing is used for rotating shows. Mexican Modernists: Orozco, Rivera, Siqueiros and Tamayo is on now through May 26. Adults $18; kids 16 and under free. Closed Tuesdays. audainartmuseum.com.
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