Wednesday October 30th, 2019
Applications for Vancouver Biennale BIG IDEAS Program Now Open!
Educators, applications for BIG IDEAS in Schools 2020 is now open, and we’d love to see you apply.
What is it?
Through our annual BIG IDEAS artist collaborator project grant, our program brings local professional artists to collaborate with teachers to foster creative and innovative learning projects directly inspired by the big, real-world ideas in Vancouver Biennale public artworks In our communities. BIG IDEAS in-School is a program that integrates the Vancouver Biennale’s public art exhibitions with the British Columbia curriculum. This cross-curricular project-based learning program takes students outside their classroom and brings the community into their classroom. Over the past decade, BIG IDEAS in-School has reached to over 10,000 students from diverse socio-economic demographics in Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Richmond, Squamish, Surrey, Vancouver, and West Vancouver.
Wednesday October 30th, 2019
Alanis Obomsawin, recipient of the Vancouver Biennale Distinguished Artist Award, unveils 53rd film at the Vancouver International Film Festival
World-renowned artist, filmmaker, and social activist Alanis Obomsawin, recipient of the Vancouver Biennale Distinguished Artist Award, unveils 53rd film at the Vancouver International Film Festival on October 2nd and 3rd. Vancouver, Canada - The Vancouver Biennale will present world-renowned Abenaki filmmaker, singer, artist, and activist Alanis Obomsawin with the Vancouver Biennale Distinguished Artist Award during the October 2nd screening of her 53rd film, Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger, which is being unveiled as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). The octogenarian Obomsawin (born August 31, 1932) is primarily known for her documentary films about human rights issues faced by Indigenous communities. She will be in attendance for a Q and A at the film’s screenings on October 2nd and 3rd. In keeping with the Vancouver Biennale mandate for highlighting art as a catalyst for learning, dialogue and social action, the Distinguished Artist Award acknowledges Obomsawin’s passion for social justice, and her commitment to using the power of storytelling through documentary film as a conduit to education.
Wednesday August 22nd, 2018
Early Bird Ticket Sales Open for Patricia Piccinini’s Curious Imaginings
Early Bird ticket sales have launched for Patricia Piccinini’s Curious Imaginings immersive sculpture exhibition, coming to Vancouver this September as part of the 2018-2020 Vancouver Biennale. In what is expected to become one of North America’s most talked-about art events of the year, Curious Imaginings by globally renowned Melbourne artist Patricia Piccinini will see the intersection of art, science, and ethics. For the first time in the Biennale’s fifteen years of creating transformative experiences through public art, and in keeping with the 2018 - 2020 theme of re-IMAGE-n, the exhibition will take over the unconventional interior space of the Patricia Hotel.
The hyperrealist “world of oddly captivating, somewhat grotesque, human-animal hybrid creatures” will be the artist’s first exhibition in a non-museum setting, transforming a wing of the 105-year-old Patricia Hotel. Situated in Vancouver’s oldest and continually changing neighbourhood of Strathcona, Piccinini's immersive sculpture experience will “challenge us to explore the social impacts of emerging biotechnology and our ethical limits in an age where genetic engineering and digital technologies are already pushing the boundaries of humanity.”
Tuesday July 17th, 2018
2018-2020 Vancouver Biennale To Install ACOUSTIC ANVIL July 19
VANCOUVER, CANADA - The Vancouver Biennale 2018 - 2020 will install Maskull Lasserre's dramatic Acoustic Anvil: A Small Weight to Forge the Sea in Leg-In-Boot Square from 10:30 am on Thursday, July 19, 2018. The second sculpture of this year's Biennale follows on the success of Saudi Arabia-based artist Ajlan Gharem's Paradise Has Many Gates, unveiled in Vanier Park last month.
Maskull Lasserre's nearly three-by-eight-metre monolithic red sculpture in the nondescript Leg-In-Boot Square along the seawall will have an immediate visual impact and is in keeping with the Biennale's commitment to "activate, animate and "re-IMAGE-n" public space." Lasserre's sculpture, emblematic of the essential forger's tool, draws attention to the nearly unrecognizable industrial history of False Creek.
Historically, Leg-In-Boot Square was a place of industry, forges, boat building and stevedores. At one point it housed a police station where a human leg, still trapped in a boot, was displayed in the hope that someone would lay claim--now memorialized in the square's name, although the leg's origin was never discovered. The industrial history of False Creek was all but erased in preparation for Expo '86, the 1986 World's Fair, and the area was reimagined as a residential project that has now become a model for housing communities around the world. Acoustic Anvil: A Small Weight to Forge the Sea is the physical convergence of both real and imagined histories, relationships, and resonances that mark this seemingly silent site.
Tuesday July 10th, 2018
2018–2020 Vancouver Biennale Announces Alfredo Jaar: A LOGO FOR AMERICA
VANCOUVER, CANADA – The 2018-2020 Vancouver Biennale, titled “re-IMAGE-n,” is pleased to present the Canadian debut of Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar’s A Logo For America (1987/2018), on view at the corner of Robson and Granville streets, through August 26, 2018.
Organized by the Vancouver Biennale’s American curator Jeffrey Uslip, Jaar’s A Logo For America (1987/2018) articulates the Biennale’s commitment to “re-IMAGE-n” (reimagine) a progressive social framework that supports free speech, reconciliation and the rights of First Nations, LGBTQ rights, artistic freedom, gender, racial and sexual equality, ecological awareness, religious freedom, and the ethics of biotechnology.
Jaar’s A Logo For America (1987/2018) is the first in a series of projects Uslip will curate for the Vancouver Biennale, each exploring various cultural, social and political pressures placed on individuals, the environment and aesthetics in our current cultural climate.
Wednesday June 6th, 2018
Vancouver Biennale 2018-2020 Launches Exciting New Series of Transformative Art June 20 with Paradise Has Many Gates
VANCOUVER, CANADA - The Vancouver Biennale announces the first installation in its 2018-2020 exhibition. The organization that has brought some of the most memorable public art to the city will launch its fourth edition with “Paradise Has Many Gates”, by Saudi Arabian artist Ajlan Gharem.
The installation is designed in the architectural form of an Islamic mosque. What makes this mosque unusual, beyond its temporary location in Vanier Park, is that it’s made out of chain-link fence, which is more commonly used to keep the unauthorized out or the imprisoned in. The mosque evokes multiple meanings and feelings; the generational divide between young and old, the designation of sacred space and its meaning within different cultures, the role of religious belief and our search for new knowledge and ways of living, the power struggle between religious constraint and democratic freedom.
Tuesday May 29th, 2018
Vancouver Biennale Announces 2018-2020 Exhibition
The Vancouver Biennale announces its fourth edition, titled “re-IMAGE-n,” launching June 2018, with projects unfolding over the exhibition’s two-year duration. Under the artistic direction of Barrie Mowatt and curatorial leadership of Marcello Dantas and Jeffrey Uslip, the Biennale invites international artists to respond to the prevailing issues of our time, including the widespread refugee and migrant crisis, a global shift towards nationalism and isolationism, and an intensifying drain on our shared natural resources. Projects will “re-IMAGE-n” (reimagine) a progressive social framework that supports free speech, Reconciliation and the rights of First Nations, LGBTQ rights, artistic freedom, gender, racial and sexual equality, ecological awareness, religious freedom, and the ethics of biotechnology.
Monday July 24th, 2017
La Balade pour la Paix: an Open-air Museum
If you miss seeing a few of your favourite public works around the city after the conclusion of the 2014-2016 Vancouver Biennale, you have a chance to re-visit some of them in Montreal.
The Vancouver Biennale is proud to support the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for the exhibition La Balade pour la Paix: An Open-air Museum. This is the museum's first outdoor public-art exhibition and celebrates several worthy milestones including the the 375th anniversary of Montreal, the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 and the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. The exhibition theme is an expression of fundamental values of humanism, peace, inclusivity, and accessibility, much like the enduring values promoted by Expo 67 when it opened Montreal and Quebec to the world.
Three Vancouver Biennale works are currently on loan and featured in the exhibition, which include Wang Shugang's The Meeting, Magdalena Abakanowicz's Walking Figures and Jonathan Borofsky's Human Structures. These works were recently part of the 2014-2016 exhibition Open Borders/Crossroads, a theme that similiary served as an invitation for artists to bridge global connections through public art and space.
La Balade pour la Paix is a kilometre long art walk between the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and McGill University, and showcases 29 international artists. This exhibit is on display from June 5 to October 29, 2017.
Images copyright: MBAM, Denis Farley
Friday April 1st, 2016
Re-Establishing Shot – Seung Woo Back at Capture Photography Festival
Presented by the Vancouver Biennale in partnership with Capture Photography Festival 2016, we invite you to explore Re-Establishing Shot, a photo montage artwork documenting urban landscapes from Seoul, Vancouver, Busan and Tokyo by Korean artist Seung Woo Back. This artwork is on display at Templeton Station on the Canada Line right beside the McArthurGlen Mall.
Monday March 21st, 2016
Public Transit Exhibition: Rules for Vancouver
From March 21st 2016 until May 1st 2016 explore Rules for Vancouver, and share your thoughts about this conceptual text based artwork through our twitter poll. Created by British artist Peter Liversidge, during his International Artist Residency in 2014, Peter explored the city for inspiration, and created 60 proposals for artworks. Proposal # 49: I propose to write a set of Rules for Vancouver is one of the artworks on display at 10 transit shelters across Vancouver.