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Artstravaganza: The Toronto Biennial of Art

A new international art biennial takes shape in Toronto

Dana Claxton HEADDRESS-DANA, 2019


There’s a huge art happening going on and it’s taking place across the border. Billed as “seventy-two days of free art,” The Toronto Biennial of Art is infusing its metro area with exhibitions, installations, and other programming. Most of it is clustered around the city’s waterfront, with fourteen indoor and outdoor exhibition sites.  More than 100 artworks are on view and the ninety participating artists come from all over the world. It is an ambitious collaborative effort involving almost all city’s major cultural institutions, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the McMichael Collection, MOCA Toronto, and twenty others. Participating artists are making new works in every media, including painting, sculpture, film, video, performance, and more.


Curators Candice Hopkins and Tairone Bastien have chosen the theme “In Relation” in order to explore the ways in which Toronto is connecting—and not connecting—with its different heritages, histories, and contemporary realities. This is what makes the waterfront such a significant site; it has been home to indigenous people for 15,000 years, as well as a piece of land that was acquired and settled by European settlers, starting with the 1805 Toronto Purchase.


Toronto Biennial of Art opens September 21 and runs through December 1. Visit torontobiennial.org to learn more.



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