Quebec City, June 2, 2015 – Manif d’art is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) for Manif d’art 8 – Quebec City Biennial, which will take place in 2017. It will thus be moving its main exhibition to the new Pierre Lassonde Pavilion, set to open in 2016. The Executive and Artistic Director of Manif d’art, Claude Bélanger, proudly announced that “this collaboration is very timely for Manif d’art, which has been working hard for the past fifteen years. Exhibiting in the museum’s new pavilion, which is a work of art in itself, is a golden opportunity for us.”
“I was delighted to learn of this partnership, which involves a common mission: to open up spaces for the very latest art,” declared Hélène David,Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language. “By extending its roots into the new Pierre Lassonde Pavilion, an expansion project in which my government proudly participated, Manif d’art now has 1,300 square metres to feature works that are striking, groundbreaking—and invariably fascinating.”
In addition to the four splendid galleries of the new pavilion, the exterior surroundings may also be taken over by artists. The new auditoriumcould also present artworks or cultural events. “After developing this world-class structure devoted to contemporary art from 1960 to the present, it seemed natural for the Museum to collaborate with Manif d’art,” explained Line Ouellet, Director and Chief Curator of MNBAQ. “This essential partner, along with Quebec artists, will benefit from this outstanding showcase.”
Manif d’art, the driving force behind the Biennial known for its bold—indeed, irreverent—approach, will continue to collaborate with its co-presenters, who have helped build the event’s reputation. All of its key components will be preserved: the special collaborations, satellite venues, outdoor works and fringe performances—in short, everything to get Quebec City moving for three months to the rhythms of today’s art. “There is a synergy within the city’s artistic and cultural communities, as this partnership confirms,” declared Julie Lemieux, Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Ville de Québec, Responsible for Culture, Heritage and Urban Planning. “More and more, Quebec City is establishing itself as a cultural destination of the highest rank.”
This partnership between two of the cultural community’s major players will allow a pooling of resources and expertise, thereby enhancing the vitality and international visibility of artists and their works. “I am delighted with this collaboration between Manif d’art and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, which will undoubtedly reinforce the event’s international reputation,” concluded Stéphan La Roche, Chief Executive Officer of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. “I am convinced that these joint efforts will bode well for Quebec’s visual arts community as a whole.” The fruits of this collaboration—the formulation of ambitious and distinctive projects—will also raise the profile and prestige of both Manif d’art and MNBAQ.
Next fall, the name of the international guest curator, who will work in tandem with an assistant curator from Quebec, will be announced. Together, they will pilot the course of Manif d’art 8 – Quebec City Biennial in close collaboration with Claude Bélanger and Bernard Lamarche, the curator of contemporary art at MNBAQ. The theme of the 2017 edition will also be revealed at this time.
Overview of Manif d’art
Since its inception in 2002, Manif d’art has been developing exchange and co-production projects that not only raise the profile of Quebec artists abroad, but welcome foreign artists to Quebec City. Its mission is to promote research and experimentation by presenting works that represent the major currents in Quebec, Canadian and international visual arts.
A major contemporary art event in Canada, the Manif d’art – Quebec City Biennial presents the work of some 100 artists from all disciplines. In addition to exhibitions, the event offers an array of activities based on a central theme, distinct for each edition. Over 30 cultural organizations help to make this international festival a not-to-be-missed experience. Its wide-reaching program, moreover, appeals to specialists and novices alike.
Manif d’art receives the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ville de Québec, the Entente de développement culturel de la ville de Québec et du ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, the Centre local de développement de Québec, and Méduse.
Overview of MNBAQ
Nestled in the heart of the Plains of Abraham, one of the world’s most majestic urban parks, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec is a museum complex unlike any other in Quebec, combining art, architecture and nature. The Museum’s extensive collection, the benchmark for Quebec art, comprises over 38,000 works, recounting 400 years of history. It includes one of the most important collections of religious art in Quebec, the largest collection of Inuit art in Quebec, as well as some 9,000 contemporary works: sculptures, engravings, ceramics, photographs, drawings, videos, installations, digital and media art. The museum currently consists of three pavilions, including one devoted to historical art and another to modern art. In 2016, a new building will be inaugurated, the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion, which will house works from the 1960s to the present. Six of the eight galleries of this glass and steel structure, a marriage of heritage and contemporary elements designed by OMA/PRAA, will feature Quebec art, including Inuit art, decorative art and design.
The mission of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec is to promote, present and conserve Quebec art from all periods, from early colonial to current day, and to ensure that international art is represented through its acquisitions, exhibitions and awareness-raising activities.
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