Québec art in the Most Serene Republic


The Venice Biennale, the largest international exhibition of contemporary art in the world, held its 56th edition in 2015. The theme for this year’s edition was All the World’s Futures. The event drew artists from all over the globe, including a large delegation from Québec and Montréal.

The National Gallery of Canada delegated the BGL trio of Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère and Nicolas Laverdière to create a major work for the Canadian pavilion. They built a large-scale installation using jumbles of cans, paint and recycled objects—reconstituting the scene of a “dépanneur” (corner store), a loft space and an artist’s studio. Like a carnival obstacle course, it led us through several stages (some of them on the roof) that were full of visual tricks, surprises and discoveries. This inventive and daring project was a big hit with visitors to the Biennale.

The UQÀM art gallery presented Electrosmog Venezia, a sonic installation by Jean-Pierre Aubé. During his visit to Venice, Aubé carried out field recordings and registered the electromagnetic waves emanating from the lanes and alleys of the Floating City. He then processed the data into images for projection onto the façades of the ancient public buildings. The video artist Frédéric Lavoie produced a short film to document this creative project.

Elsewhere, the sculptors Simon Bilodeau and Guillaume Lachapelle (both represented by Art Mûr) took part in a large group exhibition entitled Time, Space, Existence. It was held at the historic Palazzo Bambo, on the banks
of the Grand Canal.

By presenting their works at prestigious international events like the Venice Biennale, these artists demonstrate the vitality of the contemporary art scene in Québec. Their attendance at this event was made possible by support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ).