The Fonderie Darling

Three conferences were given on the 4th, 5th and 6th of October 2002 revolving around the theme of the Biennale at the Fonderie Darling-Centre d'arts visuels.

The guest speakers were invited to reflect on and discuss the emergence and importance of the biennales worldwide, the current drawing practise in the contemporary art scene, as well as on the Biennale de Montréal's 2002 theme regarding hedonism and stoicism.

  Friday, October 4

René Block
Photo: Thomas Reitze
Courtesy: Kunst Halle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
The Biennale de Montréal and biennials throughout the world

Conference given by Rene Block, director of Fredericianum Khunsthalle (Germany), mainly on the history of biennales and their global organization.

Rene Block is well known as an organizer of numerous international biennales. His speech was underlying the importance of biennales both culturally and economically for the contemporary art scene.

"I personally think that a biennale should become a workshop for contemporary art. They shouldn't have to be perfect exhibitions. I do not expect that of biennales. Museums have to do perfect exhibitions on specific themes. Biennales are more a chance for encounters between local and international artists, so that they can work and exchange together. These are the most important aspects of the biennales." (Le Devoir, October 4th, 2002).

Claude Gosselin, head commissioner of the Biennale de Montréal 2002, was also participating in the talk. Questions from the public followed.

Participants :
Claude Gosselin - head commissioner 3rd Biennale de Montréal 2002

René Block - director, Kunsthalle Fredericianum, Kassel, Germany

  Saturday, October 5


Drawing as a medium played a key role during the Biennale de Montréal 2002.

Mary Doyle, curator of collections at the Contemporary Art Society and founder of the Drawing Room (London), was the specialist invited to talk about the current drawing practices in contemporary art.

Participant :
Mary Doyle - curator of collections at Contemporary Arts Society, London; founder of the Drawing Room, London

  Sunday, October 6

Michel Onfray
Between stoicism and hedonism: Ethics and aesthetics

An open discussion took place on the topics of stoicism and hedonism within the context of the Biennale de Montréal's 2002 theme and relating to art history.

A brief description of the different theories was given: Stoicism presented by Mary-Anne Zagdoun, archaeologist and researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), and hedonism by Michel Onfray, writer, philosopher and professor.

Questions from the public followed.

Participants :
Michel Onfray - author, philosopher and professor

Mary-Anne Zagdoun - archaeologist, researcher, CNRS


Schedule :
October 4, 5 and 6 from 2 to 6 PM

Place :
La Fonderie Darling -
745 Ottawa Street (corner of Prince)

Price :
Students - 2$/session
Adults - 4$/session

Information and
Reservations :

Josée St-Louis at
514/ 288-0811 or



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