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Whistler Culture: Audain Art Museum

Audain Art Gallery

Canada's Newest Museum

The Audain Art Museum opens March 12, 2016. This museum adds to Whistler's already impressive collection of museums including the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, the Whistler Museum and multiple fine art galleries. Whistler currently hosts the Whistler Film Festival each December, along with multiple Film Festival related events throughout the year.  

And the resort has pledged to build a Cultural Connector to explore the cultural venues. The path and bikeway will link the SLCC,Whistler MuseumWhistler Public Library, the Maury Young Arts Centre, Lost Lake PassivHaus and the Audain Art Museum

The Museum will contain a permanent collection of the art of British Columbia including a collection of nineteenth century Northwest Coast masks, an impressive Emily Carr collection, photography and the art of Edward J. Hughes.

Whistler Arts and Culture 

The large population of artists living in Whistler feeds the desire of the Village to engage with the arts and grow this area of village life. The initiatives that come from the people who live and work here, including the Whistler Writers Festival, the Whistler Film Festival and even the World Ski and Snowboard Festival call add to the mosaic of community here.

Though Whistler began as an adventure tourism location in the early days of last century, with the opening of the Rainbow Fishing Lodge and of course followed by the opening of Creekside as a ski resort, Whistler has always been a multi-faceted community that prizes its artists.

The first exhibition in the brand new art gallery features some of the best art from the Modernist time period including socially engaged paintings by masters Diego Rivera (1886 – 1957), David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896 – 1974) and José Clemente Orozco (1883 – 1949), known as los trés grandes (three great ones). Their art played a key role in forging a new national identity for Mexico after the Revolution (1910-1920). Rufino Tamayo (1899 – 1991), a prolific and internationally recognized painter and sculptor, rounds out this unique, engaging and powerful exhibition.

Show Up in Ski Boots — It's That Accessible

The museum is close to everything, soon to be connected via a cultural connector, open six days a week with 2 late nights each week on Thursday and Friday nights...and, according to the Tourism Whistler blog, may even be providing slippers for guests who arrive with, lets just say, inappropriate footwear.

Feel no shame if you roll in before your après and need a dose of art before you chill with your friends on a patio. It's all good. 

The vibe is high and the feeling rocking in the village this spring. We've got art, culture, athleticism and music to chill to — What are you waiting for? Come get your culture on in Whistler this spring.

Posted by on Thursday, March 10, 2016