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 architecture.
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.