Manif d’art 10 – The Quebec City Biennial


Karine Payette, Espaces sans espèces III, 2019. Installation. Photo: Guy L’Heureux.

Illusions are Real
Manif d’art 10 – The Quebec City Biennial
A mind-bending program of art

February 19 – April 24, 2022

Finally back after an unwelcome year’s delay, the 10th edition of Manif d’art – The Quebec City Biennial, produced in collaboration with the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ), will take place from February 19 to April 24, 2022, in 34 locations across Quebec City. The theme of the event is Illusions are Real. Approximately 100 international, Canadian and Quebecois artists will present their trompe-l’oeil works, sleight-of-hand tricks, and diversion tactics in exhibitions that will stun and surprise. Over the nine weeks of the event, multiple indoor and outdoor locations will provide settings for dozens of works, each proposing a unique artistic practice.

The works gathered under the theme Illusions are Real by guest curator Steven Matijcio, Director and Chief Curator of the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, pull the curtain back on illusions and magic, not to mention our everyday lives and political realities. Visitors will be captivated by fascinating activities and exhibitions, and by the apparently magical, supernatural, and irrational aspects of many never-before-seen works.

At the heart of this 10th edition is the central exhibition of approximately 100 works at the Pavillon Pierre Lassonde of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. For the 66 days of Manif d’art 10 – The Quebec City Biennial, visitors will be impressed by Matijcio’s expert curatorial choices of pieces by 20 artists from 5 countries.


Cannupa Hanska Luger, >^^iiwii^^<, 2016–2020. Sculpture installation.

This unique edition, which marks the 20th anniversary of the Biennial, is a rare opportunity for all members of the Quebec City arts community to gather and show their work on the international stage. No fewer than 40 organizations are working together to celebrate the 10th Quebec City Biennial by organizing contemporary art events around an evocative theme. A few of the key exhibition sites contributing to the varied programming are VU, Œil de Poisson, Grand Théâtre de Québec, Maison de la littérature, and the Huron-Wendat Museum.

In addition, Manif d’art – The Quebec City Biennial will offer visual art novices, fans, and specialists a dozen works of public art, which will be presented at Place D’Youville, Le Diamant theatre, Saint-Roch church square, the Saint-Jean-Baptiste neighbourhood, Place Ste-Foy, the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site, and the Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site. Manif d’art 10 will also meet audiences where they live, through its virtual gallery at, starting on February 19, 2022, and reach out to visitors through their ears, by presenting an invisible sound piece by artist Jeanette Andrews.

An audioguide will make visits even more accessible and interesting to the public, and a treasure hunt will amuse big and small. And the young curators initiative, presented by Loto-Québec, will highlight up-and-coming talents destined for great things in the world of contemporary art.

In April, the 10th edition will celebrate the launch of its catalogue capturing the ephemeral magic that will enliven all of Quebec City.


Gabriel Lester, Le Grand Boum, 2022. Immersive installation.

Manif d’art – The Quebec City Biennial
A staple of the Canadian art scene, Manif d’art — The Quebec City Biennial is the only winter biennial in North America. The event presents the work of over 100 local, national and international artists. Besides its many exhibitions, the event offers a plethora of activities based on its global theme renewed for every iteration. Since its first edition in the Fall of 2000, more than 50 cultural organizations have contributed in making this international festival a must. Year after year, Manif d’art’s program delights neophytes as well as visual art specialists. Manif d’art has been collaborating with the MNBAQ since Manif d’art 8 — The Quebec City Biennial (2017).

Located at the heart of the Champs-de-Bataille Park, one of the most prestigious urban parks in the world, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec is a unique museum complex that links art, architecture and nature. The Museum’s vast collection, which includes more than 40, 000 works produced since the 17th century, is displayed in four separate buildings. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and prints are presented throughout the Historical Art building, while the work of key artists Jean Paul Lemieux, Alfred Pellan, Fernand Leduc and Jean-Paul Riopelle shine in the Modern Art building. Inaugurated in June 2016, the fourth building showcases the contemporary art collection (after 1960) including Inuit Art, Decorative Arts and Design. The glass pyramid connecting all the buildings offers a space of artistic discovery for children.

Manif d’art 10 – The Quebec City Biennial, produced in collaboration with the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, also benefits from the participation of Ville de Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, Heritage Canada, the Secrétariat à la Capitale-Nationale, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications through a cultural development agreement between Quebec City and the government of Quebec, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Destination Québec cité, and the Ministère du Tourisme.

Emmanuelle Herbert, Director of Communications and Marketing
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