Ottawa, Thursday, November 5, 2015 – The Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa, in collaboration with the National Gallery of Canada (NGC), welcome artist collective BGL, composed of Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère, and Nicolas Laverdière, for the inauguration of the Stonecroft Foundation Visiting Artist Lecture Series on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the NGC Auditorium. The talk is open to the public and will be conducted in French with English simultaneous interpretation. No RSVP is required, but seating is limited.
This lecture series is made possible thanks to a significant gift from the Stonecroft Foundation for the Arts in support of the Master of Fine Arts Program (MFA) of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa. The annual Stonecroft Foundation Visiting Artist Lecture Series presented in collaboration with the NGC will allow the public to discover the artists representing Canada at this year’s Venice Biennale. The gift also funds a scholarship to send an MFA student to the Venice Biennale every two years.
At the November 12 lecture, the members of BGL will discuss their artistic career, followed by a conversation with NGC Director and CEO, Marc Mayer.
BGL is representing Canada at the 56th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale until November 22 this year with their exhibition Canadassimo. This Quebec-based artist‐collective is known for its ambitious installations in galleries and public spaces, which use humour to focus on social and political issues.
Canada’s participation in the Venice Biennale
Every two years, the Venice Biennale presents the very best of international contemporary art. It welcomes official representation from more than 80 countries. For over 60 years, the work of some of Canada's most accomplished artists has been featured at the Canada Pavilion.
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