Friday March 18th, 2022
A head-turning sculpture of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin by the Gao Brothers is rising up in downtown San Antonio
Friday February 18th, 2022
Vancouver, Canada: With Voxel Bridge, the Vancouver Biennale takes Contemporary Art to the epicenter of blockchain innovation.
Thursday July 29th, 2021
Magdalena Abakanowicz’s Headless Walking Figures Take Their Leave and Return Home to Europe
Tuesday April 13th, 2021
Bosa Properties finds a permanent home in White Rock for one of the Vancouver Biennale’s most beloved sculptures
Monday March 8th, 2021
Vancouver Wakes Up to a Giant Surprise as the Vancouver Biennale Launches a Six-Month Extension to its re-IMAGE-n Exhibition.
Wednesday July 8th, 2020
This show must go on. The Vancouver Biennale launches first installation of 2020 Wednesday, July 8.
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.