The architects of a “reinvented” art gallery named

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Agnes Etherington Art Center announced on Thursday that it had selected an architect for its redesign, which is expected to begin next year.

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KPMB Architects – whose portfolio includes the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, Remai Modern in Saskatoon and the Ottawa Art Gallery – will oversee the design aspect of “Agnes Reimagined”.

The Toronto-based firm will work with Georgina Riel, an Indigenous affairs consultant from RIEL Cultural Consulting, and Jennifer Nagai from Vancouver-based PFS Studio, who will oversee landscape integration, a news release from Agnes states. .

“‘Agnes Reimagined’ offers a rare opportunity for a paradigm shift in museums in Canada and around the world, through visionary collaboration, a commitment to innovation, along the journey of decolonization and reclamation of indigenized worldviews,” KPMG founding partner Bruce Kuwabara said in the statement.

In 2020, Bader Philanthropies, Inc., announced it was donating $54 million to the “Agnes Reimagined” campaign.

Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2023.

“The 21st century museum can no longer be simply a container of history, as if history has no bearing on our changing contemporary world,” said Emelie Chhangur, director and curator of the Agnes, in a Thursday press release.

“We are poised to emerge as an influential champion of museological change, advancing our ability to foster and relay the intersectional connections between disciplines and communities that converge when a university-affiliated public museum is at the both civic and educational.

William E. Bennett