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Ooh, Edmonton! The New Art Gallery of Alberta

Here are some photos take this past weekend in Edmonton by friend-of-VoCA, Qasim Virjee of Design Guru. For info on the gallery, including The Murder of Crows by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller as well as Francisco Goya’s infamous print suites: Los Caprichos (1799) and The Disasters of War (1810-1820), which traveled from the National Gallery of Canada, please click HERE.

And for more on the gallery architecture, by Randall Stout Architects, please click HERE.

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All photos courtesy Qasim Virjee of Design Guru.

5 Responses to “Ooh, Edmonton! The New Art Gallery of Alberta”

  1. Bill says:

    I don’t know a lot about architecture, but it looks kind of Gehry-esque to me.

  2. Murray says:

    Gehry-esque indeed; Randall Stout worked for Frank Gehry for about seven years, before opening his own firm. And while there will always be discussion around the design and the chosen architect (Zaha Hadid was also shortlisted), at least Edmontonians are talking about art and architecture.

    But at least one visitor to the new building pines for the brutalist structure buried beneath Stouts glass and zinc makeover. It’s a great read;
    http://prairieartsters.blogspot.com/2010/02/some-thoughts-following-night-of.html

  3. Bill says:

    Interesting that she points out that yet another architect didn’t take Canadian winter weather into consideration when redesigning the building, just like at the R.O.M.!

  4. Amber says:

    Just want to start by pointing out that despite Bill’s comment up there, the link to the Randall Stout Architects page in this article shows that they thought about precious little other than Canadian winter weather when redesigning the building.

    I feel weird about Edmonton having such a nice gallery. I love great art and great galleries, but I grew up in that city and am familiar with their relationship with visual arts. When I think of this new gallery I feel a bit weird in my stomach – like I’m being turned on by something bizarre, gross and ugly.

  5. Bill says:

    Actually, I don’t get the sense from the architect’s website that they thought about the practicalities of the design in relation to how the building suits Edmonton winters, and that’s what I was getting at. Yes, I understand that the shapes are meant to suggest the aurora borealis, and snow is meant to be cradled in the arcs and curves, thus ‘transforming’ the physical form of the building from season to season. But, those seem to be conceptual considerations, not practical ones. For example, what are they going to do about ice build-up on the surface of those slanted windows on the front and along some of those slick, metallic curves? I’m just picturing ugly pedestrian barriers surrounding the front of the building with ‘Danger: falling ice’ signs all winter just like at the ROM. Nothing says “welcome” more than barriers and warning signs! Ha, ha, ha! Having said that (and with the caveat that I’ve not seen the building in person, yet), I don’t think this building is an eyesore. I like the contrast between the curving forms and the original Brutalist building and, based on the photos, the inside looks pretty warm, too…lovely choice of woods.

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