Montreal Biennale Reveals Curator for 2016 Edition

Philippe Pirotte, director of the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule and of Portikus in Frankfurt am Main, will be curator of the Montreal Biennale’s 2016 edition. The biennial is coproduced with the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

One of the cofounders of the contemporary art center objectif_exhibitions in Antwerp, Belgium, Pirotte was also previously director of the Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland, where he oversaw exhibitions by artists like Jutta Koether, Oscar Tuazon, Allan Kaprow, and Owen Land. In 2012, he began as adjunct senior curator of the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

“Pirotte is an uncompromising curator, a superb exhibition maker and a gifted writer who has already produced a number of memorable projects,” said Sylvie Fortin, executive and artistic director of the biennial.

Describing his vision for the upcoming festival, Pirotte said: “At the moment, I am imagining the exhibition as a space that informs us about ourselves—uninvited. Simultaneously playful and fatalistic, it is a space where things can go awry. In that sense, the exhibition does not provide relief because its objects do not necessarily reveal themselves as truths.”