Toronto International Art Fair

BNL MTL Participates Oct. 28 to Nov. 1

By: - Oct 20, 2010


From October 28th to November 1st, 2010, La Biennale de Montréal – BNL MTL 2011 will
participate in the 11th edition of the TIAF – Toronto International Art Fair. This is a first for the BNL MTL; indeed, Tourism Montréal has made it possible for the BNL MTL to take part in one of the major North American art fairs. The CIAC – Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal, promoter of the BNL MTL 2011, is hoping that this will translate into increased tourism and economic benefit for the City of Montreal .

 Under the theme of chance, the 7th edition of the BNL MTL will be held during the month of May 2011. The theme was inspired by Stéphane Mallarmé’s Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard, published in 1897. For some, the modern graphic design of this poem marked the birth of contemporary art.  The BNL MTL booth at the TIAF will present part of the works of artist Ian Wallace based on the theme of chance.

On this subject Wallace wrote: “The theme that you propose is one that has been central to my work for a long time; and of course it has been fundamental to the whole history of modern art: - initiated, in my opinion, by Malarmé’s Un coup de dés”.

 This Vancouver artist began integrating painting and photography in the 1980’s and it has been the main attribute of his works ever since. 

Ian Wallace has a full artistic agenda: he is participating in the “Exhibition, exhibition” project at the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art in Turin ( Italy ) from September 2010 to January 2011. In Canada , his work will be exhibited at the Power Plant gallery in Toronto as of October 2010 and at a new retrospective show at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2012. More particularly, he is represented by the Galerie Yvon Lambert in Paris and in New York , as well as by the Catriona Jeffries Gallery in Vancouver .


For further information about the CIAC and the BNL MTL 2011:

 Centre international d’art contemporain – CIAC


 CIAC e-magazine [



La Biennale de Montréal 2011