|A-Maze-Ing Laughter by Yue Minjun, China |
Photo by Sue Frause
Turns out it's the Vancouver Biennale, a bi-annual public art exhibition that has created an open air museum for the city. Each exhibition features world-class international sculptures, new media and performance art in parks, beaches and urban spaces.
The point? To celebrate art in public spaces and "create a uniquely accessible cultural destination where residents and visitors from around the world can come to experience the brightest new and world renown talent in contemporary art completely free of charge, throughout the seasons. "
The theme for the 2009-2011 exhibition is in-TRANSIT-ion, and venues include bike routes, YVR (Vancouver International Airport), the new Canada Line stations and art wrapped on buses and rapid transit trains.
The 2009-2011 Vancouver Biennale has three components: Sculpture, New Media and Performance.
Phase I includes 29 sculptures by 26 artists from a dozen countries. Most of them were in place by January 2010 (in time for the Winter Olympics) and will remain on display until Summer 2011.
Five of them are Legacy pieces acquired by the Vancouver Biennale Foundation from the 2005-07 exhibition. They include Walking Figures, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Poland; Engagement, Dennis Oppenheim, USA; King and Queen, Sorel Etrog, Canad); 217.5 Arc X 13, Bernar Venet, France; and Jasper, John Clements, USA.
Phase II is the New Media and Performance Art Festival, beginning in May and running through August 2010. Additional events include In Transition: New Art from India at the Richmond Art Gallery.
As a Canadian currently living in Spain, you have no idea how homesick your blog makes me. Hope you make it out to Alberta soon!
Yes, I need to be Alberta bound again soon. Went through there on my train adventure from Halifax-Vancouver, but only stopped in Jasper for a few hours (and no station in Calgary, what's with that?). Enjoy your time in Spain, that's not such a ba place to be!
It was a little far from home but it's great to see nice contemporary fine art and contemporary artworks.
I need to hear what Margo will change with that!!
Maybe the best read that I have read all year??
Helpful blog, bookmarked the website with hopes to read more!
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