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  • L'avenir (Looking Forward)”

    Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
    185, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
    May 1–January 4

    Curated by Gregory Burke, Peggy Gale, Lesley Johnstone, and Mark Lanctôt

    Under its new artistic director, Sylvie Fortin, La Biennale de Montréal is undergoing an ambitious reboot; fittingly, futurity will be the subject of the 2014–15 edition. The biennial will bring together some 150 works by fifty artists and collectives, who will consider “what is to come” via historical, economic, technological, and environmental perspectives. Influenced by the utopian ethos of 1960s Montreal and Expo 67, the biennial will feature an installation by Étienne Tremblay-Tardif exploring the Échangeur Turcot, one of the vast infrastructural projects completed in conjunction with Montreal’s expo. Ursula Biemann’s video installation Deep Weather, 2013, investigates how machinations of geopolitics and global markets accelerate environmental degradation, and Matthew Buckingham and the Arctic Perspective Initiative will take up the histories and cultures of the Canadian North. The catalogue includes essays by Mark von Schlegell, Brian Massumi, and Amanda Beech, among others.