Sylvie Fortin named Executive & Artistic director of la Biennale de Montréal


Chairman Cédric Bisson and the entire Board of the Biennale de Montréal are pleased to announce the selection of Sylvie Fortin as Executive and Artistic Director of La Biennale de Montréal – BNL MTL.

Fortin brings proven leadership and a unique combination of professional experience and artistic vision to the Biennale de Montréal. She will move to Montreal from Kingston, where she has been Curator of Contemporary Art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University since last January. As Editor-in-Chief (2004-2007) and Executive Director/Editor (2007-2012) of ART PAPERS, she led the organization from a regional publication to a global thought leader. She was Curator of the 5th Quebec City Biennale (2010), Curator of Contemporary Art at the Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa, 1996-2001), Program Coordinator at LA CHAMBRE BLANCHE (Quebec City, 1991-1994), and a long-term collaborator with OBORO (Montreal, 1994-2001). Her critical essays and reviews have been published in numerous catalogues, anthologies and periodicals.

Sylvie Fortin will assume her new duties on September 3, 2013. She will be responsible for the next edition of La Biennale de Montréal, which will take place at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MACM) and across satellite sites from October 9, 2014 to January 4, 2015. This edition of the BNL MTL— an invitation to revisit the future in L’avenir – (looking forward)—will reflect the vision of the Biennale’s guest curators Peggy Gale and Gregory Burke, and MACM curators Lesley Johnstone and Mark Lanctôt. Fortin will also be responsible for the positioning and strategic development of future editions of the Biennale de Montréal.

The Biennale de Montréal is a fixture on the contemporary art landscape. Produced by a newly constituted independent organization, the event can now rely on the appropriate infrastructures to access expanded resources and produce compelling events that give greater visibility and currency to the practices of artists, while reaching out to an expanded and diverse public. The BNL MTL is, more than ever, in a position to contribute to contemporary art discourse, to provide a platform for the exploration of curatorial practices, and to increase public awareness of contemporary art.

This partnership with MACM, Canada's foremost institution dedicated solely to contemporary art, casts the next edition of La Biennale in a new light, raising its profile and providing a solid infrastructure for contemporary art research and production.

The Board of Directors of the Biennale de Montréal is thrilled to welcome Sylvie Fortin, whose solid management experience, extensive international network, proven media and publishing expertise and rigorous artistic vision will allow the organization to fulfil its mission and realize the full potential of its partnership with MACM. The Biennale de Montréal can now look to the future with confidence, as its artistic goals and national and international scope will stimulate artistic production and make Montreal a prime destination for contemporary art.

The Biennale de Montréal and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal are joining forces


The Chairman of the Board of the Biennale de Montréal, Cédric Bisson, and the Chairman of the Board of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Alexandre Taillefer, are announcing a unique partnership between the two institutions. Henceforth, all future editions of the BNL MTL will take place at the MACM, with the next edition scheduled for the fall of 2014 from 9th of October to 4th of January.

Following exchanges initiated in the spring of 2012, the collaboration will take the form of a co-production agreement that will help to energize our contemporary art scene, providing artists with an innovative public showcase.

“The Biennale de Montréal is determined to increase its Quebec content, to offer greater visibility to our own artists,” explains Cédric Bisson, Chairman of the Biennale de Montréal. “We will be presenting an event of international scope based on the creative forces from here at home.”

“This first co-production will be part of the museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations,” adds Alexandre Taillefer, Chairman of the MACM. “We are delighted with this partnership.”

This new event will take the place of the Triennale québécoise, which was successfully staged by the MACM in 2008 and 2011. The two organizations will share their expertise, ensuring that Quebec artists receive greater exposure, both nationally and internationally. The 8th Biennale de Montréal will take place in the fall of 2014 under the banner of L’avenir - (looking forward), with a larger team and more exchanges: the two guest curators from the Biennale de Montréal, Peggy Gale and Gregory Burke, will be joined by two curators from the MACM, Lesley Johnstone and Mark Lanctôt.

Based at the MACM, the event’s special activities for all audiences will take place throughout Montreal. Also on the program are a springboard for Quebec artists, a major publication, a conference and educational activities.

With this new arrangement, the BNL MTL’s 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.

La Biennale de Montréal 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. Founded in 1998 by the CIAC – Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal, and after 7 edition, the BNL MTL is now an independent organization.

Canada’s premier institution dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal plays a major role in promoting Québec, Canadian and international artists. It sees this new association as an opportunity to continue and reaffirm this vision. Founded in 1964, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal is a provincially owned corporation funded by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec.


Emmanuel Galland, BNL MTL
Relations médias
Tel. 514 452-7302

Wanda Palma, MACM
Media Relations
Tel. 514 847-6232

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BNL MTL is moving
Change of address


La Biennale de Montréal is moving downtown. Please note our new coordinates as of December 1, 2012:

Civic and mailing address :

La Biennale de Montréal
460 St. Catherine St. W., Suite 304,
Montreal QC H3B 1A7

Phone number :

Please use this new address and phone number to contact us, and for all future correspondence.

Do not hesitate to inform us of your activities: openings, launches, performances, conferences, meetings with artists and new publications.

The BNL MTL team

Note that this change concerns only BNL MTL; the CIAC’s - Centre international d’art contemporain - coordinates remain the same.