CIAC MTL FOUNDED THE BNL MTL IN 1998. IT PRODUCED THE FIRST 7 EDITIONS, FROM 1998 TO 2011, AFTER WHICH BNL MTL BECAME AN INDEPENDENT ORGANIZATION.
On January 17, 2017, the newspaper Le Devoir published an article on the insolvency of the Biennale de Montréal (BNL MTL). Although the article clearly mentioned that the Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal (CIAC MTL) had not been responsible for the BNL MTL since 2013, many people still believe that Claude Gosselin, founder of BNL MTL and CIAC MTL, is still linked to BNL MTL. We have recently heard comments to that effect.
We would like to remind the public that the CIAC MTL transferred all the assets it held in the BNL MTL project by a legal act dated April 16, 2013 to the new non-profit organization registered under BNL MTL, a body completely independent from the CIAC MTL.
We state this information to prevent the CIAC MTL and Claude Gosselin from suffering damage to their reputations due to a poor understanding of the current situation at BNL MTL. The CIAC MTL gave BNL MTL an enviable financial position and a very positive reputation towards the event.
Claude Gosselin and the CIAC MTL take this opportunity to thank once again all the people, artists, institutions and partners who made possible the creation of the Biennale de Montréal and the realization of the seven first editions of this event for visual arts in Montreal.
After having organized the annual event Les Cent jours d’art contemporain de Montréal from 1985 to 1996, the CIAC now organizes la Biennale de Montréal (BNL MTL), an international biennial under the artistic direction of curators. The first edition took place in 1998. The chosen theme: Poetry, Humor and the Daily. It presents thirty artists, from Quebec, Canada, and from abroad. Among the places used are the Bonsecours Market, the Just for Laughs Museum and the UQAM Design Center. For the complete program, see la Biennale de Montréal 1998.
The second edition of la Biennale de Montréal was presented in the former Palais du commerce (Berri Street). It had three sections: a visual art exhibition by curator Peggy Gale entitled “Tout le Temps“; an architectural exhibition “Maison-Lieux“, by curator Georges Adamczyk; an electronic art exhibition by curator Sylvie Parent; a presentation of the winning projects designed by the architects for the future Bibliothèque des Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ); a furniture design project by Jacques Bilodeau.
The two publications that accompanied this edition of the biennial are out of print. For the complete program, see la Biennale de Montréal 2000.
La Biennale de Montréal 2000 won the annual Visual Arts Prize awarded by the Conseil des arts de Montréal.