Unbelievably, there are still some in Vancouver and elsewhere who think that the Vancouver Biennale and its “Open Air Museum” and associated events is all about its founder and director, Barrie Mowatt. Or that somehow he uses it to sell art for his own profit. Or that–well, whatever the stories are, in fact the Biennale is a registered non-profit organization with a staff and curators on contract which will be doing some amazing things during the upcoming 2014-2016 exhibition, including a film festival, international artist residencies, and of course the signature events, the installation of artworks in Vancouver’s parks and open spaces.
Did you know: that this summer (and next year as well) 92 artists from 5 continents will be in Vancouver and surrounding cities working with local artists on residencies?
From the Biennale’s website:
Artists will arrive in groups of 4-6 and will participate in 4-6 week residency intervals from March to October in 2014 and 2015. Each group will have a coordinator including such luminaries such as Ken Lum, Sam Carter, Gordon Price and the winner of the 2013 Leonore Annenberg Prize, Khaled Hourani.
Each resident artist will lead public talks and public workshops through an alliance of local artist studios, local galleries and local arts organizations to engage a large local audience in each event.
The Open Air Museum begins with a new work in Thornton Park (the park fronting the train station), created by Canadian artist Ivan Eyre. Bird Wrap will be officially unveiled June 11.
The curators for the 2014-2016 exhibitions (full information here):
Senior Curator (Asia) Open Air Museum
As an independent curator, he has organized and curated numerous exhibitions including ‘Jiangnan: Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art’ (Vancouver), the ‘Art of the Proletarian Cultural Revolution’ (Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg, Canada), ‘Shanghai Modern’ (Munich, Kiel, Germany), the Shanghai Biennale (Shanghai, 2004), ‘China Trade’ (Vancouver), ‘Reincarnation’ (Toronto) and ‘Art and China’s Revolution’ (New York).
Senior Curator (Latin and South America) Open Air Museum
As curator, he was responsible for the shows of Bill Viola, Gary Hill, Jenny Holzer, Shirin Neshat, Tunga, Laura Vinci, Tunga, Peter Greenaway, Angelo Venosa, Arthur Omar and Anish Kapoor. Among his works for the stage are: Opera Mundi at Maracanã, the ballet Floresta Amazônica of Dalal Achcar, Uma Noite na Lua by João Falcão starring Marco Nanini, Como Chegamos Aqui a Historia do Brasil Segundo Ernesto Varela and the opera O Cientista. Highlights of the historical exhibitions of great success are: Antes – History of Pre-History, Art of Africa, both shown at CCBB, 50 Years of TV and More, Back to Light, the Memory of Writing, and Mano a Mano presented at Madrid Centro Cultural de la Villa. In 2006 Dantas was artistic director of the opening Museum of the Portuguese Language.
Curatorial Advisors, Open Air Museum:
Luis Camillo Osario
Hans Ulrich Obrist
Aissa H. Deebi
Curators, Biennale CineFest:
Advisors, Artist Residencies:
Galerie Fortes Vilaca
Ana Paula Cohen
and, of course, the man who started it all: