The Biennale de Montréal is an event
bringing together contemporary artists in
the fields of visual arts, as well as
architects, town planners, and artists
working with video and electronic media.
With its first edition in 1998, the Biennale
de Montréal was launched by the Centre
international d'art contemporain (CIAC)
as a follow-up to Les Cent jours d'art
contemporain de Montréal, an
unforgettable yearly event that allowed
hundred of artists to gain recognition all
through its eleven years of existence.
For its second edition, which will be held
between the 28th of September and the 29th of October 2000, the Centre international d'art
contemporain (CIAC) surrounded itself with a team of intuitive and enthusiastic curators, each
of whom selected in their respective field of expertise a series of artworks representative of
the current production in contemporary art.
In the visual arts component, for the most imposing exhibition in terms of number of
participants as well as for the space it will occupy at the Palais du Commerce, the curator
Peggy Gale gathered 35 artists from 11 countries around a proposition dealing with the
relationship to «time». Film, video, sculpture, photography, installation: all these mediums are
bringing their contribution to the reflexion of this exhibition called Tout le temps/Every time.
For his part, the curator Georges Adamczyk invited 16 Canadian architecture firms to exhibit
their plans, models and sketches proposing a view of the house of today, the one which could
be meeting all our modern requirements. In all, 24 housing projects will be on display.
Finally, Sylvie Parent, the curator for electronic arts, became interested in this «other world»,
which sometimes represents the virtual world, sometimes the beyond. The public will be able
to peruse 10 artworks conceived for the Web at the Internet café of the Biennale.
For the Montreal cultural milieu, this is the chance to witness a stimulating meeting of the
minds between local creators and those from abroad. The Biennale de Montréal wants to be an
occasion for exchange and discovery, not only for the artists themselves, but also for the
public that wishes to get acquainted with new ways of expression in contemporary art and
It should also be noted that the Biennale will give the public the opportunity to see for the
first time the projects and models submitted by the five finalists for the Grande bibliothèque
du Québec architectural contest.