Claude Gosselin

"A work of art is a means of communication between an individual and a group. Artwork in a public space takes these two factors into account. The public space (a park or a square) does not alter the reality of the work."

- Claude Gosselin, 1991

Curator Claude Gosselin has played a vital role in the Québec art scene since 1970. He has worked passionately to bring art out of museums and into the public domain. Gosselin founded Quebec's two most important contemporary art events: Cent jours d'art contemporain de Montréal (100 Days of Contemporary Art), which ran annually for 12 years, and its successor, the Biennale de Montréal. These events have proven to be the launching pad for many Québec artists and have initiated countless viewers to important contemporary art.

After obtaining a B.A. from the Université de Montréal in 1966, Claude Gosselin worked for two years in Burundi, Africa, teaching art, math and science. In 1971, he obtained a second B.A. in Arts Administration and Art History from the Université du Québec à Montréal. A decade working in various arts institutions and as an art critic led Gosselin to a curatorial career, beginning in 1980, when he became head of the exhibitions department of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. Later, he became founding director of the Centre international d'art contemporain de Montréal. Gosselin has sat on the board of directors of many cultural organizations and enjoys international stature as a curator.

Claude Gosselin is a Governor General's Award winner and recipient of the Québec Museums Association's Prix Carrière and the Prix Louis-Philippe Hébert, awarded by the Société Saint-Jean Baptiste de Montréal.

Photo: Martin Lipman