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MONTREAL. The 7th edition of La Biennale de Montréal - BNL MTL will be held from May 1st to 31st, 2011 and will bring together the works of artists from Québec, Canada and abroad. Under the theme of chance, the BNL MTL will present a rich and varied program.

Elements of Chance, is being held under the co-curatorship of Claude Gosselin, Executive and Artistic Director of CIAC -- Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal and David Liss, Artistic Director of MOCCA -- Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto.
The BNL MTL 2011 was inspired by Stéphane Mallarmé’s poem Un coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard, published in 1897. Some people feel that this poem, given its unique text and graphic design, heralded the birth of contemporary art, or at the very least marked the beginning of a new concept of art that has impacted all artistic diciplines.

Chance hides behind different words: randomness, gambling, probability. Chance plays a significant role in our lives. We move forward, not knowing what tomorrow will bring. This reality molds our lives, our imagination and influences our understanding of the world around us.

For the longest time, and more specifically since the middle of the 20th century, artists have integrated the notion of chance in the conception and creation of their works.

In the field of visual arts, Marcel Duchamp has incorporated randomly chosen every day objects to works of art via the concept of the “ready made”. He rejects the notions of vituosity and know-how and defends the idea that art is the result of perception rather than of creation.
In music, John Cage, will develop a musical score constructed on the principle of indetermination.

Merce Cunningham, in dance, will offer up improvisisation and randomness.

Artists from the Fluxus movement have encouraged the accidental assimilation of external elements to their workds in order to narrow the gap between art and life.

Finaly, work in progress and the unpredictable partcipation of the general public to the works of artists are an increaseingly widespread trend in contemporary art, exploring various components of chance: doubt, destiny and chaos.

This 7th edition of La Biennale de Montréal proposes various avenues of relexion - visual arts, music, film, conferences, seminars, workshops and mediation activities - on a subject that plays an essential role in art as in life, i.e. the role of chance.

Indeed, there is a political component to recognizing chance in our behaviours. In today’s societies where our daily lives are becoming increasingly “pre-determined” by restrictive laws and regulations, it is urgent that we recognize chance in the simple way the world unfolds. To recognize chance is to recognize freedom, randomness, the undisplined forces of nature, our nature. To recognize chance is to open ourselves to others, to the undetermined, and to receive the unexpected positively.

To illustrate this theme, commissioners will be hosting some 40 artists hailing from 10 different countries.

Sponsored by QUEBECOR, the BNL MTL 2011 will be held from May 1st to 31st in the former École des beaux-arts de Montréal, 3450 Saint-Urbain, corner Sherbrooke West. Doors open daily from noon to 6 pm, Thursdays until 9 pm.

Suggested donation: $2


THEME AND CURATORS

It is under the banner of chance that the Biennale de Montréal (BNL MTL) will be held from May 1st to 31st, 2011. This original and unusual theme plays a significant role in the artistic process yet has never been the subject of a major exhibition.

Organized by the CIAC - Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal-the 7th edition of the BNL MTL will be held under the leadership of co-curators Claude Gosselin, General and Artistic Director of the CIAC, and David Liss, Artistic Director and Curator of MOCCA - Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, Toronto.

Claude Gosselin founded CIAC in 1983 and has been since its artistic and executive Director. As such, he has devised and directed Les Cent jours d’art contemporain de Montréal from 1985 to 1996 and he created La Biennale de Montréal in 1998. Trained in art history and cultural research, he also acted as a curator for several noticeable exhibitions of contemporary art, including the Biennale du Havre, France, 2006. Claude Gosselin received numerous awards including the Governor General of Canada's Award for his outstanding contribution in Visual and Media Arts in 2005 and he is a member of the Order of Canada since 2006.

David Liss is the ideal partner for such an event, one who knows well both Montréal and the Canadian scene, and who regularly organizes exhibits for national artists at MOCCA. He also boasts serious international experience as exhibition curator at ARCOmadrid, the festival of contemporary Spanish art, and at photo MIAMI, the contemporary art festival dedicated to photography, video and new media.

After having explored, in 2009, the theme of ?Open Culture,? which focused on the creative process, the BNL MTL 2011 will embrace ?chance,? this intriguing concept that grips and governs the work of artists and scientists alike. Video, visual art, performance, installation and exposition: all will bear the mark of destiny like so many rolls of the creative dice.

Reviving the spirit of the first Biennales de Montréal and Les Cent jours d'art contemporain de Montréal, the BNL MTL 2011 will offer a challenging and invigorating vintage. Always driven by its desire for exploration and creative mixing, the gathering will include both major artists and new talent to create a comprehensive, international event.
Regular updates on the CIAC site (www.ciac.ca) and the site of the Biennale de Montréal (www.biennalemontreal.org) will allow you to find all the new information about the BNL MTL 2011.

BNL MTL 2011 is presented by QUEBECOR from May 1 to 31, in the former School of Fine Arts, 3450 St. Urbain Street at the corner of Sherbrooke Street West.

Open daily from noon to 6 pm, Thursday extended until 9 pm
Suggested donation: $2

ARTISTS PARTICIPATING IN THE
BNL MTL 2011 


La Biennale de Montréal - BNL MTL
stands, for its 7th edition, under the banner of chance, a notion that molds our lives, our imagination and influences, our understanding of the world around us. Under the title Elements of Chance, the BNL MTL 2011 will focus on this theme that has found a voice among contemporary artists.

You will find enclosed a complete list of artists who will be guests of curators Claude Gosselin, Executive and Artistic Director of CIAC - Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal and David Liss, Artistic Director of MOCCA - Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto.

In total, some 40 artists stemming from 10 different countries were selected. Whether reputed or emerging, these artists hail from Québec, Canada, Europe and the USA, and have moved forward in an artistic pathway where chance plays an important role. Guest artists work in the fields of visual arts, photography, e-art, video and cinema.

Québec and Canadian artists will represent nearly 50% of all participants. Of note is Daniel Spoerri, who has been a major player on the international artistic scene since the 1960’s.

Through its exhibits, conferences, seminars and mediation activities, the BNL MTL 2011 will provide a venue for all explorations, supported by the vitality and originality of artists and their works.

Claude Gosselin is available, at your convenience, for interviews.
Sponsored by QUEBECOR, the BNL MTL 2011 will be held from May 1st to 31st in the former École des beaux-arts de Montréal, 3450 Saint-Urbain, corner Sherbrooke West. Doors open daily from noon to 6 pm, Thursdays until 9 pm.
Suggested donation: $2
Elements of Chance:
All Thought Expresses a Throw of the Dice (Stéphane Mallarmé, 1897)
Armstrong6_excluded3

Armstrong6_excluded3

Derek Sullivan, Albatross1

Derek Sullivan, Albatross1

Fuglem_10_mydarling

Fuglem_10_mydarling

Gareth Moore_Crown Compass (from Uncertain Pilgrimage) 2009

Gareth Moore_Crown Compass (from Uncertain Pilgrimage) 2009

Guido Molinari, Sans titre 2003

Guido Molinari, Sans titre 2003

Ian Wallace_Les Pages répandues

Ian Wallace_Les Pages répandues

KeithTyson P760

KeithTyson P760

Nadia Myre_Scar_project_01

Nadia Myre_Scar_project_01

Werner Reiterer

Werner Reiterer

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

VISUAL ARTS

Lois Andison
David Armstrong Six
Gilles Barbier
Jean-Pierre Bertrand
Walead Besthy
John Bock
Sylvie Cotton
COZIC
Jean Dubois
Jean Dupuy
Rodney Graham
Karilee Fuglem
Kristiina Lahde
Scott Lyall
Guido Molinari
Gareth Moore
Nadia Myre
Werner Reiterer
Jeremy Shaw
Daniel Spoerri
Derek Sullivan
Keith Tyson
Ian Wallace


ELECTRONIC ARTS Ciac's Electronic Magazine, Special issue on Chance, # 39

Mark Amerika
Grégory Chatonsky
Jhave
Martine Neddam
Jon Thompson & Alison Craighead


CATALOGUE of the BNL MTL 2011 : FARIMANI # 3

Michael Capio
Amir Mogharabi


ARTISTS' BOOKS on Mallarmé's text,
Un coup de dés...


Jérémie Bennequin
Stéphane Mallarmé
Michael Maranda
Guido Molinari
Cerith Wyn Evans
About BNL/MTL
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April 2011