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Mathieu Valade, Mythe et évidence, 2017.
Courtesy of Manif d’art - The Quebec City Biennial, photo of Renaud Philippe / KAHEM

February 17 to May 14, 2017


Quebec City, March 17, 2017 — Manif d’art 8 – The Quebec City Biennial, produced in collaboration with the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ), will be storming the city for the next few weeks! The MNBAQ, along with several galleries, libraries, theatres, streets and even shop windows will display a multitude of exclusive works—created under the banner of The Art of Joy—in a series of interrelated exhibitions from February 17 to May 14, 2017.

The curator of this 8th edition has brought together artists from Quebec, Canada and abroad who will reflect upon the meaning of this theme, The Art of Joy. A vast circuit of interrelated exhibitions will take place throughout the city. Altogether, 42 artists from 7 countries will be exhibiting their works at 29 sites, each artist selected by the curator in collaboration with the artistic committee composed of Claude Bélanger, Executive and Artistic Director of Manif d’art, Bernard Lamarche, Curator of Contemporary Art at MNBAQ, and Assistant Curator Anne-Sophie Blanchet.

Joy at the heart of the Biennial
“Today more than ever, joy is a battle, a weapon to protect ourselves from devastating events. Here in Quebec City, for three months, the exhibited works will affirm this notion of joy. Jubilant, troubling, radiant, amusing, caustic and poetic—all will embody this force, since the essence of art is joy.” These words, spoken by the event’s curator Alexia Fabre several months ago with regard to theme of The Art of Joy, take on even more significance in today’s Quebec, reminding us how art can serve as a catalyst and balm in times of uncertainty or upheaval.

Christian Boltanski, Animitas, 2017.
Courtesy of Manif d’art - The Quebec City Biennial, photo of MNBAQ by Idra Labrie

Central exhibition site of Manif d’art 8
For the first time in the history of the Biennial, the central exhibition will unfold in an institutional setting. Manif d’art 8 will grace the four temporary exhibition galleries of the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion of the MNBAQ, an international jewel of international standing, making the Biennial even more alluring! The works of some fifteen artists—installations, video works, canvases and even a performance—will be presented within its walls. This exhibition will feature over 15 artists, including BGL, Annette Messager, Carlos Amorales and Christian Boltanski. Guided tours will be offered, and family-oriented activities and exhibitions will also be on the program. Discover the full program of educational and cultural activites!

Window displays at Simons
The event’s Official Presenter, La Maison Simons, will exhibit the creations of nine artists in as many display windows at their three branches in Quebec City from February 2 to April 16. Each in their own way, these works approach the theme of Manif 8—The Art of Joy—as the expression of a wish, desire or dream. Each of these nine showcases can be seen as open windows on some of our most innermost aspirations. They represent quests for beauty, happiness and well-being—at times somewhat naïve perhaps, but nonetheless filled with hope and sincerity.

Twice as many public artworks
Always striving to make art more accessible, the Biennial has doubled the number of public artworks this year with 13 works displayed throughout the city. Artists from both here and abroad invite the public to keep their eyes open, as art will be invading the capital’s streets and parks.

La P’tite Manif
The Biennial is for the entire family! This year’s edition was designed with children in mind. With La P'tite Manif, children and their families are offered a wide range of activities at the MNBAQ and the Bibliothèque Gabrielle-Roy throughout the city: creation workshops, shows, exhibitions and the creation of a collective artwork.

Co-presenters as loyal as ever, February to March, 2017.
In addition to the central exhibition at MNBAQ, 13 co-presenters will exhibit works chosen by the artistic committee: Avatar, La Bande Vidéo, La Chambre Blanche, Engramme, the Galerie des arts visuels, the Grand Théâtre de Québec, Le Lieu, Materia, Quebec city at the Maison Hamel-Bruneau, L’Œil de Poisson, Théâtre Périscope, Regart and VU. The public will thus be able to discover the work of such artists as Dan Brault, Parastou Forouhar and Sarah Anne Johnson.

BGL, Canadissimo (L’Atelier), 2015-2017.
Courtesy of Manif d’art - The Quebec City Biennial, photo of MNBAQ by Idra Labrie

A vast program involving special collaborators and satellite organizations
Once again, Manif d’art has been able to count on the special collaboration of Quebec cultural organizations, as well as three non-profit business and economic development organizations from Quebec City, in organizing these exhibitions and activities based on the theme of joy.

About Manif d’art 8
One of Canada’s major contemporary art biennials, Manif d'art 8 - The Quebec City Biennial will present, from February 17 to May 14, 2017, the work of over 100 artists from all disciplines. In addition to its exhibitions, the event will offer a constellation of activities based on the theme of The Art of Joy, as defined by curator Alexia Fabre. A total of 35 cultural organizations have helped to make this international festival an unmissable event for novices and specialists alike. Manif d’art 8–Quebec City Biennial is produced in collaboration with the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

Art of Joy Pin
To attend Manif d’art 8, all you need is a pin costing $15 ($10 for students and free for children under 12), which gives you access to the full range of exhibitions, activities and discounts.

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