Michael Audain, the owner of Emily Carr’s largest private collection and chair of the Vancouver Art Gallery Foundation, has announced that he plans to build a brand new historic museum in Canada’s West-Coast mountain resort of Whistler, BC. With a private collection that includes over 170 pieces of art, Audain’s collection also includes works from Jeff Wall, Andy Warhol, and Diego Riveria.
Michael Audain’s Private Collection of Art…
At 75, Audain has a sense of urgency for building this new museum to host his private collection. The location is across from Whistler’s municipal hall and is slated to accommodate a 26,910 square foot museum. Although no design is in place, the museum is expected to host park-like surroundings for outdoor art and sculpture collections. With a donation from Whistler municipality to provide the land, Audain’s Foundation will cover all the expenses for the construction of this new Whistler museum.
In addition to the announcement of a new Whistler Art Museum, the resort has also been informed that the Whistler Film Festival is the last major venue for filmmakers to get their movie in before the Academy Awards nomination deadline. This could position the Whistler Film Festival for a major boost in attracting the attention of Academy members. Lastly, Whistler is also awaiting word on its hopeful bid to host Ironman Canada in 2013.
These three major announcements could provide a huge boost to the local art, drama, and summer tourism attractions in Whistler.