The Biennale de Montréal (BNL MTL) was launched in 1998 by the Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal (CIAC), which produced the first seven editions of this international contemporary art event.

In 2013, La Biennale de Montréal became an independent non-profit organisation dedicated primarily to producing the biennial event BNLMTL. With this in mind, the new organisation promptly formed an innovative strategic partnership with the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MACM), which itself had presented two highly successful editions of the Québec Triennial.

In its current form, BNLMTL thus incorporates the two previous exhibitions into one major event that can now take advantage of the complementary skills and resources of two prominent Montréal institutions, La Biennale de Montréal and the MACM, in addition to those of its many other contributors.

A key fixture on the Canadian contemporary art scene for fifteen years, BNLMTL can now offer an expanded and varied program of exhibitions, talks, screenings and performances by building on a well-established Montréal network. BNLMTL is consequently in an ideal position to invite a broader audience to discover the latest visual arts practices and gain a greater awareness of the issues they raise. Through its initiatives, BNLMTL also strives to support the work of artists from Québec, Canada and beyond, open new avenues for discourse on art, examine curatorial practice and play an influential role in the network of international biennials through the particular experience it provides in probing the burning questions of the world today.


The mission of La Biennale de Montréal is to foster, support, interpret and disseminate the most current visual arts practices by producing the biennial event BNLMTL. In this way, La Biennale de Montréal offers a wide audience a privileged opportunity to grasp the aesthetic and social issues addressed by today’s art. La Biennale de Montréal also provides an international platform for Québec and Canadian artists, curators, theoreticians, art critics and researchers working in various fields to meet, encounter and discuss cutting-edge practices, and contribute to different international networks.

All of the initiatives of La Biennale de Montréal are premised on risk and experimentation. Its goal is to support the most daring, thought-provoking art practices and curatorial projects while offering the public a diversity of experiences.