La Biennale de Montréal is pleased to announce programming and exhibition highlights for the opening week of BNLMTL 2014: L’avenir (looking forward), on view October 22, 2014 through January 4, 2015. From Monday, October 20 through Thursday, October 23, BNLMTL 2014 will present a dynamic series of artist’s talks, curatorial discussions, film screenings, performances and receptions at the Biennale’s principal venue, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC), and at partner venues throughout the city.
The curatorial thread of L’avenir (looking forward) is how contemporary artists respond to current conditions by considering “what is to come?” Completely transformed by BNLMTL 2014’s works and scenography, the MAC will present the works of 43 artists, dedicating all of its exhibition and public spaces to the Biennale.
On view will be: a new installation by Montréal artist Étienne Tremblay-Tardif featuring a jungle of printed and projected images that soars into the building’s rotunda; the latest chapter of Berlin-based artist Klara Hobza’s lifelong project titled Diving Through Europe, an immersive sound and video installation that activates one of the building’s staircases and was produced by La Biennale de Montréal for BNLMTL 2014; the North American premiere of Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens’ installation The Prophets (2013), composed of nearly 400 small whimsical sculptures made from ordinary household materials; and the final episode of Anton Vidokle and Pelin Tan’s trilogy-cum-three-channel video installation 2084: a science fiction show (2012- 2014), which was recently filmed in Tripoli and Beirut and produced by La Biennale de Montréal for BNLMTL 2014. Ryan Gander’s new installation Tomorrow’s Achievements (2014) condenses many of the artist’s interests: artistic dogmas, future histories, temporality, theatricality and
the use of humour as a narrative device. The work consists of four moving curtains of different widths, hung around a gallery from two motorized rails. Two curtains move in one direction and two in the other, revealing and concealing the works of other artists in this gallery, while also occasionally obscuring doorways. With this new piece, Gander theatrically engages revelation through a lens of speculation.
“Exploring the curatorial thread of ‘what is to come,’ the artists featured in L’avenir (looking forward) envision startlingly different futures,” says Sylvie Fortin, Executive and Artistic Director of BNLMTL 2014. “The Biennale draws inspiration from the city’s current and historical context and expands from the local to consider how it is connected to the global. In the Biennale’s pre- sentation of both local and international artists, a stage is set to reflect on current challenges and art’s potential to influence the future.”
Exhibition highlights taking place at partner venues throughout the city include the North Ameri- can premiere of Shirin Neshat’s film Illusions & Mirrors (2013) at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA); a performance-installation by Goldin+Senneby titled M&A (2013/2014), which explores questions of performance and investment at the SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art; a projection by Chinese artist Li Ran titled After Freedom, Before Indulgence (2013) at the Darling Foundry; and an intervention by Lawrence Weiner which affirms that “THE ARCTIC CIRCLE IS BROKEN” at Place Ville Marie, one of the city’s busiest office and retail complex, among many others. Weiner’s work is one of a three-part concept, developed by the artist in Canada in 1969 and produced for the first time by La Biennale de Montréal for BNLMTL 2014. His two accompanying pieces will be presented at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and at the Darling Foundry, thereby transforming Montreal’s downtown into an inscription surface for the project. In collaboration with the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and through November 23 (Wednesday to Sunday evenings), BNLMTL 2014 also presents Krzysztof Wodiczko and Isabelle Hayeur’s new projects, respectively: Wodiczko’s Homeless Projection: Place des Arts, a new in situ projection in which the bodies and voices of the neighbourhood’s homeless inhabit the Théâtre Maisonneuve’s surface; and Murs aveugles, Hayeur’s architectural in situ projection which paints a portrait of current political horizons and draws inspiration from the peaceful protest movement “Occupy,” located next to the Saint-Laurent metro station.
During BNLMTL 2014’s Opening Days, visitors will also have the opportunity to listen to talks and attend round table discussions by the Biennale curators and 30 participating artists. BNLMTL 2014’s public programming is presented in collaboration with partners including the McCord Museum, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Concordia University and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Details on specific programming during the opening days are listed below:
Monday, October 20, 2014:
- Round table discussion with BNLMTL 2014 curators Gregory Burke, Peggy Gale, Lesley John- stone and Mark Lanctôt, 6:00-8:00pm, J. Armand Bombardier Theatre, McCord Museum
Tuesday, October 21, 2014:
- BNLMTL 2014 Benefit Preview Reception, 7:00-10:00pm, MAC. Tickets can be purchased: bnlmtl2014.org/211014 - Screening of Edgar Arceneaux’s A Time to Break Silence with Live Set by Ray 7 (UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE), 10:00pm-midnight, Parisian Laundry
Wednesday, October 22, 2014:
- Artist conversation with Québécois artist Skawennati, Jillian Mayer, Amanda Beech, Hito Steyerl and Ann Lislegaard, 9:00-10:30am, J. Armand Bombardier Theatre, McCord Museum - Artist conversation with Montréal artists Isabelle Hayeur and Étienne Tremblay-Tardif, and Edgar Arceneaux and Althea Thauberger, on the topic of imagining the future of cities, 11:00am- 12:30pm, J. Armand Bombardier Theatre, McCord Museum
- Artist conversation with Matthew Biederman and Marko Peljhan of Arctic Perspective Initiative, and Ursula Biemann, Susan Norrie, and Susan Turcot about environmental issues, such as the ex- ploitation of natural resources, highlighting the diverse ways in which the North figures in these debates, 1:30-3:00pm, J. Armand Bombardier Theatre, McCord Museum
- Artist conversation with Nicolas Grenier, Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen, Basim Magdy, Ryan Gander and Suzanne Treister on the topics of visibility and invisibility, conspiracy and readability, 3:30- 5:00pm, J. Armand Bombardier Theatre, McCord Museum - BNLMTL 2014 Public Opening, 7:00-10:00pm, MAC
Thursday, October 23, 2014:
- Artist conversation with Adaptive Actions, Raymond Boisjoly, Abbas Akhavan, Anton Vidokle and Pelin Tan, 9:30-10:30am, J. Armand Bombardier Theatre, McCord Museum - Artist conversation with Mikko Canini, John Massey, Simone Jones and Lynne Marsh, 11:00am- 12:30pm, J. Armand Bombardier Theatre, McCord Museum - Lecture by Berlin artist Klara Hobza on the latest chapter of her lifelong project Diving Through Europe, produced by La Biennale de Montréal for BNLMTL 2014, 1:00-2:00pm, J. Armand Bombardier Theatre, McCord Museum - Conversation with Paul Leong and Pip Day around the work of Goldin+Senneby, 2:30-4:00pm, SBC, Gallery of Contemporary Art - Artist talk by Simon Denny, 6:00-8:00pm, presented in collaboration with Concordia University and the Canadian Art Foundation, Concordia University, Clarke Theatre, Hall Building
BNLMTL 2014’s Future Summit will also be taking place November 21-24, 2014, featuring keynote talks by Thomas Hirschhorn and Franco “Bifo” Berardi and presentations by over 20 speakers at the Canadian Center for Architecture. Additional information and ticketing details for the Future Summit can be found here: http://bnlmtl2014.org/en/events/sommet-de-lavenir/
All opening week BNLMTL 2014 talks and events are free with a BNLMTL 2014 Passport, which also provides unlimited access to the exhibition (available for purchase for $50.00 here: http://bnlmtl2014.org/en/about/ticketing/). Without the BNLMTL 2014 Passport, the fee for each event is $5.00.
BNLMTL 2014 has organized a number of public events with its various community partners which put forward the unique expertise and knowledge of all those involved. Artistic interven- tions, special guided tours, round table discussions, creative workshops, writing workshops, and more, are constantly being added to the programme. The public is invited to propose ideas that can be developed with the Biennale’s audience engagement coordinator.
NEW VISION, NEW DIRECTION
BNLMTL 2014 marks a radical shift in a bold direction for La Biennale de Montréal. It is the first step in the vigorous repositioning of BNLMTL as a landmark event on the international cultural calendar. BNLMTL 2014 is presented by La Biennale de Montréal and co-produced with the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Building on this strategic multi-year, co-production partnership with the Musée d’art contemporain, and engaged in innovative collaborations with over 15 local, national and international institutions, BNLMTL 2014 is an event of unprecedented artistic ambition and scale in Canada.
BNLMTL 2014 is presented by La Biennale de Montréal and co-produced with the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.
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