September 19, 2009
by Canadian Architect
The public opening date for the Art Gallery of Alberta’s new building is Sunday, January 31, 2010. The announcement was made in conjunction with a public presentation by the AGA’s architect Randall Stout. Stout was recently awarded the 2009 International Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd. co-presented with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. The award is for the design of the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia – the last museum design that Stout’s firm completed before the Art Gallery of Alberta.
Stout spoke this past week at Edmonton’s Winspear Centre, and more than 800 people were in attendance. He shared his vision for the new Art Gallery of Alberta, the inspiration behind the design and the progress of this significant building project. The lecture included a question-and-answer period, allowing the audience the opportunity to pose questions directly to the architect. A book signing of Stout’s Environmental Alchemy: Randall Stout Architects took place in the Winspear Centre’s lobby immediately following the lecture.
With less than six months before the new AGA building opens its doors to the public, the four current exhibitions at the AGA’s Enterprise Square location are the last to be presented in this temporary home. The exhibitions Building a Vision: Art Gallery of Alberta + Randall Stout Architects; Museums of the 21st Century: Concepts, Projects, Buildings; Canadian Museums Now; and The New Flâneurs: Contemporary Urban Practice and the Picturesque run until December 13, 2009.
Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta and the only museum in the province strictly devoted to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture. Serving both the city of Edmonton and the province of Alberta, the Gallery maintains a collection of over 6,000 objects and presents an ongoing series of contemporary and historical exhibitions with related educational and public programming.
The Art Gallery of Alberta is creating a new gallery – a “New Vision” for Alberta’s capital. After a global architectural competition, Los Angeles-based Randall Stout Architects, Inc. was selected to design the new gallery. With opening exhibitions in early 2010, the new AGA will be an 85,000-square-foot premier presentation venue for international, Canadian and Aboriginal art, education and scholarship. The new AGA will be a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada in the 21st century, expressing the creative spirit of Alberta.