Audain Art Museum
The Audain Art Museum showcases some of the finest collection of art featuring a few British Columbian artists
The Audain Art Museum opened in January 2016 in Whistler, British Columbia. Vancouver home builder Michael Audain announced in 2012 that he will be opening a 56,000 square foot Museum in Whistler to showcase a permanent collection of British Columbia Art work from early times to the present day.
Showcasing an outstanding collection of Emily Carr artwork, a selection of 19th century Northwest Tribal Masks, and a gallery devoted to West Coast artist Edward J. Hughes this museum is set in BC Wilderness to further emphasize the natural inspiration unique to the coastal mountains. The Museum will also accommodate temporary exhibitions from leading museums around the world.
Emily Carr’s 1928 painting “The Crazy Stair” sold at auction in November 2013 for $3,393,000. The price was not only the highest ever paid at auction for an Emily Carr and the highest for a work by a Canadian woman artist, but it was also the fourth most expensive at an art auction in Canada. The Audain Art Museum was the buyer and this iconic picture will be on display with the amazing collection of Emily Carrs permanent exhibit. Michael Audain and his wife Yoshiko Karasawa will be donating over 20 Emily Carr paintings to the museum. Their collection is considered the most important private collection of Carr’s work in the country.
When visiting Whistler be sure to take in the cultural artwork of British Columbia with a visit to the Audain Art Museum. Admission for Adults is only $18 and people 18 years and under are free. The Audain Art Museum is located in the forest across from Olympic Plaza at 4350 Blackcomb Way, just a quick 10-minute walk from the Crystal Lodge & Suites. It is open Monday – Thursday from 10am to 5pm, Friday from 10am to 9pm, and Saturday – Monday 10am to 5pm. Closed on Tuesdays. The Museums phone number is 604-848-5668, and website www.audainartmuseum.com.
photo credit - Pique Newsmagazine