The future in 13 venues
At BNLMTL 2014 we discovered contemporary artists from here and abroad through l'Avenir (Looking Forward), a showcase for 150 avant-garde works of art.
This co-production between the Biennale de Montréal and the Musée d’art contemporain (MAC) presented 50 artists originating from 22 countries. From October 22 to January 5, one could enjoy their work at the MAC and at 13 other venues joining the event. Among the pieces were 25 that were being presented for the very first time.
For John Zeppetelli, director and head curator at the MAC, the exhibition’s purpose was to bring together different artists who question, from varying perspectives, where we are going and what our life will be like once we get there.
Sylvie Fortin, director and art director of the Biennale de Montréal, underlined that BNLMTL has become an extended platform shared with other organizations – not just artistic institutions but also academic and civic bodies, in Montréal and elsewhere. The pooling of resources and expertise has resulted in more investments and a stronger support for bold artistic projects, as well as greatly improving public access.
This event has also given local artists major exposure and raised Montréal’s international standing in the arts world.