As we witness a global proliferation of contemporary art biennials we must reconsider their relevance both in terms of more efficient, better targeted timing and location. Such events should meet the information and stimulation needs of a specific environment, whether or not experts are involved internationally. The recent increase in contemporary art magazines, galleries, urban and festive events, teaching institutions and conventions across the planet has made art a topic that is raised and discussed more readily, more frequently.
The 5th edition of La Biennale de Montréal focuses on Canadian artists who currently belong to an evolving international scene. It is with great flare that Wayne Baerwaldt, our guest curator, has taken on this responsibility. Indeed, he has succeeded in putting Canadian artists on the same platform as those from other parts of the world who share the same energy. We thank him for his vision and his interpretation of complex issues such as national and individual identities, the resurgence of curio cabinets and the blending together of different genres.
Our thanks also go out to all those who participated in this endeavour; artists of course, but also those who, within government and municipal structures, believed in this project and supported it. We also extend our gratitude to those private enterprises and individuals who contributed financially to La Biennale. Without their unwavering support, it would have been impossible to bring this event to fruition.
I would also take this opportunity to thank the Centre international d'art contemporain de Montréal staff and the Members of its Board who successfully shouldered this immense task. We owe them a debt of gratitude.
La 5e Biennale de Montréal in contemporary art brings confrontation to our daily lives and thoughts, a new manner in which to view art and the world. It is a veritable milieu of openness where nothing is impossible. I wish all of you a most enjoyable Biennale.