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Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec changes its name to Manif d’art

Quebec City, Monday, November 18, 2013 – The organization Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec decided its name change and change of address should happen concurrently. From now on, this organization and the international biennial of contemporary art it hosts will share the same name: Manif d’art. This announcement was made by Manif d’art president Louis Masson during the unveiling of the organization’s new corporate image last Friday evening. Manif d’art is one of the largest contemporary art festivals in Canada.

According to Masson, this is a natural and logical step for the organization. “The biennial has been expanding ever since it was first held in 2000; it has even become better known than the organization itself. That is why we wanted to eliminate any distinction between the organization and the event, which proved confusing in the past. Now, we will focus on promoting a strong Manif d’art brand that is positive and clearly recognizable.”

The corporate brand was reworked in association with the advertising agency lg2. The brand image and logo were completely rethought and will now appear together on all corporate documents. The new image and logo can be seen in the windows and on the door of Manif d’art offices at the Coopérative Méduse complex in Quebec City.

Manif d’art 7 – the Quebec City Biennial will be on the theme of resistance and be held from May 3 to June 1, 2014. The organizers are planning a program of stimulating exhibits and activities for this event.

Major biennial of contemporary art on the Canadian scene, Manif d’art – the Quebec city Biennial presents the work of nearly 100 artists originating from every horizon. Each edition comprises exhibits and a multitude of activities based around a central theme exclusive to that edition of the event. Over 30 cultural organizations help make this international festival an integral aspect of the Quebec City art scene. Manif d’art – the Quebec City Biennial program has something for everyone, from those simply curious about contemporary art to experts in the field. The next biennial will be held from May 3 to June 1, 2014, and be on the theme of resistance.

Patrick Fournier
Director of Communications
Manif d’art
418 524-1917

Manif d’art 6 : The main site will be Espace 400e Bell

PDF version of the press release
Images of Espace 400e Bell and Manif d’art 6 poster

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Québec, November 28, 2011 — From May 3 to June 3, 2012, the Manif d’art will welcome around 10 artists at the event’s main site: Espace 400e Bell. For Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec, the event’s organizer, this showcase venue will provide contemporary art with outstanding visibility.

For the first time, the Manif d’art is including a site among the features it incorporates to attract a broad audience. Claude Bélanger, general and artistic director of the event, puts it this way: “Espace 400e Bell is well known, well located and inviting. I have no doubt but that it will incite the curious to succumb to the temptation to check out the event.” He adds that the building’s versatility offers excellent conditions in which artists can exhibit their work, enhancing their presentations—to the public’s delight.

Nicole Gingras, the event curator, is overjoyed to be able to present a sizeable group exhibition in Espace 400e Bell. The public will be able to discover various conceptions of the machine and the movement that brings it to life, including several previously unseen works.

The Manif d’art will count on Espace 400e Bell and on the support of its collaborators to present the work of all the artists included in the event. The result: a major contemporary art event presented in 20 exhibition sites in Québec City, Wendake and Lévis.

lg2 signs the poster
The agency lg2 is responsible for the image representing this edition’s theme: Machines – The Shapes of Movement. To create the background montage, Jacques de Varennes, lg2’s vice president graphic design, disassembled an alarm clock, an audio cassette player and a watering can. He explains his approach: “When we think of machines, we often merely think of a motor. Yet everything that surrounds us is a machine, including our daily actions and ourselves! To create the “6” in the background, I assembled parts taken from various everyday objects, articulating a new mathematical and communicational functionality, which reflects the theme of the Manif d’art 6.”

lg2 hopes to enter the Manif d’art 6 poster in the Graphika competition, which rewards the best graphic design work in Québec.


Jacques de Varennes, lg2’s vice president graphic design and Claude Bélanger, Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec’s general and artistic director.

A first artist revealed
As announced last September at the launch of the Musée de la civilisation’s upcoming programming, Diane Landry will exhibit her work at the Musée de l’Amérique française as part of the Manif d’art 6. The internationally known artist is responding to curator Nicole Gingras’ invitation to create an installation based on links between her practice and one or several objects in the museum’s collection. A first collaboration between the Musée de la civilisation and the Québec city biennial for the site of the Musée de l’Amérique française, this commission provides an important Québec City artist with a stimulating opportunity for creation.

The complete program of Manif d’art 6 will be revealed at a press conference in April 2012.

The theme is Machines  The Shapes of Movement
The main lines of the Manif d’art 6, as defined by guest curator Nicole Gingras will be developed around the word machine and the movements they make. Our world is inhabited by inventions designed to simplify, complexify, mask and transform our relationship to the world. A machine generates, exposes and documents movement. It makes the processes of creation and learning visible and perceptible. It introduces us to moving, this mobile aspect of the phenomena that stimulate humans and keep us alive.

The interests of participating artists comprise words, drawing, kinetic art, sound art, performance, cinema and video. The curator hopes to address the theme from various angles: the mechanical or technical (animation, reanimation, kinetics, recording, dissemination), the conceptual (reflection and the articulation of thought, the creative process) or metaphorical (viewing or listening machines, dreaming machines, utopian machines). She foresees uniting big and small machines: serious, absurd, useful, lucid, derogatory, eccentric, essential, discrete or sometimes even invisible.

The Manif d’art
Held in the heart of Québec City’s artistic quarter, the Manif d’art takes place every two years in May and June. Dedicated to the promotion and presentation of contemporary art, each edition of the event is developed around a different theme. Held in various venues in the city’s downtown core and nearby, the event unites an important number of local and international collaborators from the cultural and artistic scene. The arts scene and the general public are warmly invited.

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Patrick Fournier
Communications coordinator
Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec