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.
Sunday January 17th, 2016
Public transit photo exhibition
From January 11th until February 21st hop on public transit to experience Cross Vancouver, a photo based exhibition of works spread across 15 Transit shelters. These images captured by Korean artist Seung Woo Back during his Residency at the Vancouver Biennale are reflections of the de-individualized nature of Vancouver’s urban landscape which now reflects the shift towards a global singular identity.
Wednesday November 18th, 2015
The Largest art installation of the 2014-2016 Vancouver Biennale is about to arrive on the waterfront in New Westminster
You have seen the 24,000 sq. foot mural called GIANTS on the concrete silos at Granville Island, the 35 foot totem of cars known as TRANS AM TOTEM off the viaduct on Quebec Street and the 14 A-MAZE-ING LAUGHTER sculptures at English Bay. Now come watch the installation of the largest public artwork of the 2014-2016 Vancouver Biennale, possibly in Canada, at WESTMINSTER PIER PARK in New Westminster. This 140 foot installation comprising of 4 forty foot shipping containers precariously cantilevered to form a ‘W’, is designed by the famous Brazilian artist José Resende. This installation will become the dominant view along the Fraser River, from the bridges above and the newest public art legacy of the Vancouver Biennale OPEN AIR MUSEUM.
Monday October 19th, 2015
It’s a BLUE TREES Pigmenting Party!
On Saturday, October 24 between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm, the Vancouver Biennale, Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos, and Canadian fashion retail giant Simons will launch the largest BLUE TREES Environmental Art Project ever undertaken. Over 260 trees will transform Park Royal South into a major public artwork with 175 smaller three- to five-foot potted Red Maple trees being gifted to the participants and volunteers who pigment them.