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BGL's CANADISSIMO at the Venice Biennale 2015

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  • Nicolas Laverdière, Sébastien Giguère and Jasmin Bilodeau at the Canada pavilion in Venice. GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP/Getty Images
    BGL members Nicolas Laverdière, Sébastien Giguère and Jasmin Bilodeau on site at their Canadassimo installation at the Canada pavilion in Venice. GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP/Getty Images

Iga Janik, Curator Queen's Square & Preston | May 11, 2015

Last week Venice Biennale 2015 opened to the public.  Every two years, this most prestigious international exhibition of contemporary art  welcomes over 80 countries represented by their top talent. This art Olympiad is the most desired exhibition for most artists, and each time the National Gallery of Canada selects our best to compete among those from across the world. It’s a risky business at best, and this time around, the risk seems to be paying off.  CANADISSIMO by Quebec City based collective BGL (made up of Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère and Nicolas Laverdière) is a busy, funny, utterly Canadian assemblage that to some may not look like art at all.  BGL is known for their interactive humours projects that embrace spectacle and the encounter as an essential tool.  No one really knew how a replica of a dépanneur, along with an impossibly busy artist studio and a monetary roller coaster would be received when plans for Venice were unveiled late last year, but it seems BGL is getting a very well deserved attention on the world stage. It may also be the first time the tricky Canadian pavilion has been transformed completely.  The recently opened biennale runs for several months and I can guarantee that throughout this time judges and critics will have a lot to say about the Canadian pavilion because CANADISSIMO cannot be ignored. You really need to see this in order to get it, so if you’re not in Venice this summer or fall, I suggest you check out the links below.

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/schedule-for-friday-may-8-2015-1.3065520/canadian-art-pranksters-bgl-bring-the-fun-to-the-venice-biennale-1.3065523

http://montrealgazette.com/entertainment/local-arts/bgls-canadassimo-transforms-the-canadian-pavilion-at-the-venice-biennale