11 MICHAEL AUDAIN

Vancouver Magazine - - Taste -

CHAIR, AUDAIN FOUN­DA­TION, POLY­GON HOMES PRE­VI­OUSLY # 20,2017 – —

Michael Audain con­tin­ues to reign as a benev­o­lent Re­nais­sance prince of Van­cou­ver: a gra­cious man who made his money through real es­tate de­vel­op­ment at Poly­gon, now on a mis­sion to show­case his awe-in­spir­ing art col­lec­tion. Audain’s Whistler gallery, a unique build­ing de­signed by the Patkau team of ar­chi­tects to dis­play his In­dige­nous and modern art pieces, won an Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tec­ture award this year. His re­cently opened Poly­gon Gallery in North Van­cou­ver will be a ma­jor draw there. He made head­lines this year as the re­puted saviour of a Cha­gall paint­ing at threat of be­ing lost from the Na­tional Gallery of Canada by pay­ing the auc­tion fees charged for can­celling the sale. And he’s said to be ex­plor­ing a new art ven­ture—a foun­da­tion, with the Des­marais fam­ily, that will cel­e­brate the work of Québé­cois pain­ter Jean-paul Riopelle, some­one whose work Audain has col­lected ex­ten­sively.

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