La Biennale de Montr√©al is an international event focusing on the visual arts and media arts. To attain its objectives, it breaks down the barriers between artistic disciplines, bringing together artists from the visual and media arts, architecture, design and film. The Biennale¬†was founded in 1998 by the CIAC ‚Äì Centre international d‚Äôart contemporain de Montr√©al.
The Centre International d‚ÄôArt Contemporain de Montr√©al (CIAC) was created in 1983 with a mandate to disseminate contemporary art from Quebec, Canada and abroad. A non-profit organization with no permanent space, the CIAC earned an international reputation with the¬†Cent jours d‚Äôart contemporain de Montr√©al, held from 1985 to 1996.
The CIAC is run by a team of art professionals in the fields of conservation, education, communications and administration. According to the needs, different venues are used: galleries, museums, exhibitions centres, warehouse, parks, vacant spaces.
Since 1998, the CIAC has been pursuing its commitment to contemporary art through the Biennale de Montr√©al. The first edition of the Biennale de Montr√©al took place in 1998, and the chief curator and artistic director of the biennial was Claude Gosselin, director of the Centre International d‚ÄôArt Contemporain de Montr√©al.
The first edition of the Biennale de Montr√©al took place in 1998, and the chief curator and artistic director of the biennial was Claude Gosselin, director of the Centre International d‚ÄôArt Contemporain de Montr√©al.¬†After 7 edition 2011, the BNL MTL is now an independent organization.
In spring 2013 the Biennale de Montr√©al and the Mus√©e d‚Äôart contemporain de Montr√©al, announced a unique partnership between the two institutions. Henceforth, all future editions of the BNL MTL will take place at the MACM. Following exchanges initiated in the spring of 2012, the collaboration will take the form of a co-production agreement that will help to energize the contemporary art scene of Quebec, providing artists with an innovative public showcase.
With this arrangement, the BNL MTL‚Äôs future is solidified.¬†The alliance with the MACM gives this major event a new face, while its revised structure ensures a stronger artistic vision and broader scope for research and creation in contemporary art. The two institutions are now working together to rally and unify the artistic community. This change in direction by the BNL MTL was taken to both stimulate artists and develop new audiences.