Claude Gosselin

Claude Gosselin is director of the Centre international d'art contemporain de Montréal (CIAC) and of La Biennale de Montréal.

Claude Gosselin was born in 1944, in Valleyfield, Québec, Canada.

His academic path united studies in both the arts and sciences. After collegiate studies in science and mathematics at Collège Bourget de Rigaud and arts and humanities at the Collège de Valleyfield, he obtained a B.A. from the Université de Montréal in 1966. He then joined the Canadian University Services Overseas (CUSO) and worked as a teacher of fine arts, math and science in Burundi, Africa, from 1966-1968. Upon his return to Canada, he began his studies in arts administration and art history, receiving a B.A. from the Université de Québec à Montréal in 1971.

  Professional Activities
  • Claude Gosselin has been actively involved in the Québec art scene since 1970. He was in charge of the slide library of the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, he helped organize Québec 71: Where Are We Now?, an event showing over 300 Québec artists. He was the administrative director of the Société des artistes professionnels du Québec (1971-1973) and organizer of multi-disciplinary workshops at the Centre d'expression populaire d'Ahuntsic. From 1973 to 1975, he was the art critic for the Montréal daily Le Devoir. He then joined the the Canada Council (1975-1979), first as arts officer for visual arts and multidisciplinary projects at the Awards section and later as assistant to the Head of Visual Arts, Film and Video Section.

  • The year 1980 marked the onset of Claude Gosselin's career as a curator. Selected as head of the exhibitions department at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Gosselin supervised and curated 23 exhibitions within a period of three years. Among those he curated the Rétrospective Françoise Sullivan; Fluxus: Robert Filiou, Ben Vautier, Dick Higgins; Détours voire ailleurs; Cinq attitudes; Nan Hoover and Michael Morris.

  • In 1983, Claude Gosselin founded the Centre international d'art contemporain de Montréal (CIAC), a non-profit organization with the objective of showing canadian and international contemporary artists. He has since been the director of the CIAC and, since 1998, of La Biennale de Montréal. The CIAC was able to maintain a gallery space of its own from 1995 until 1999, a venue that complemented its mandate of exploring indoor, outdoor, private and public spaces throughout the city of Montréal.

  • In 1984, within the framework of the Québec 1534-1984 Corporation, Claude Gosselin organized his first very large multi-disciplinary project, Water and Wind. The following year, he initiated and curated the first annual Cent jours d'art contemporain de Montréal (100 Days of Contemporary Art). Eleven further annual 100 Days of Contemporary Art followed, many of which pursued distinct curatorial themes. The exhibition Aurora borealis, which Claude Gosselin curated in collaboration with René Blouin and Normand Thériault in 1985 was awarded the Prix de Mérite by the Société de musées québécois and was nominated for the Grand Prix of the Montréal Urban Community Arts Council.

  • The 100 Days of Contemporary Art provided the credentials from which Gosselin then launched the La Biennale de Montréal in 1998. He is now preparing the third Montréal Biennial for the fall of 2002.

  •   Grants and prizes
  • 1999 : Prix Carrière, Québec Museums Association ;

  • 1987 : Prix Louis-Philippe Hébert for visual arts, the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal ;

  • August 1987 : Personality of the week, newspaper La Presse, Montréal ;

  • 1986 : Prix de Mérite, Québec Museums Association ;

  • 1987 : Grant, Ministère des affaires culturelles du Québec ;

  • 1984 : Grant, Canada Council ;

  •   Member of the board of directors
  • Since 1996 : The Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, International Committee, Honorary Member ;

  • Since 1984 : O Vertigo Danse, Founding President of this contemporary dance company directed by choreographer Ginette Laurin ;

  • 1988-1992 : ICOM 1992, Triennal Convention of the International Council of Museums, in Québec city ;

  • 1990-1991 : Environnement 2000 ;

  • 1990 : Montréal Musiques Actuelles ;

  •   Member of Professionnal Associations
  • Since 1986 : ICOM-CIMAM (International Committee of Museums of Modern and Contemporary Art) ;

  • Since 1986 : Canadian Museum Association ;

  • 1996-1998 : Société des musées québécois (Board Member) ;

  • 1986-1992 : ICOM Canada (Vice-President) ;

  •   Advisory committees
  • 1997 : The Canadian Year of Asia-Pacific (Québec region) ;

  • 1991-1992 : The Art Gallery of the University of Québec in Montréal ;

  • 1990-1991 : The Art Gallery at the Saidye Bronfman Center, Montréal ;

  •   Guest of different countries
  • December 1 - 10, 2001 : Conaculta, Governement of Mexico, Mexico ;

  • May 2000 : Cooperation in Museology, Accords Canada-France, ICOM-France ;

  • February 1999 : Bienalia, Tenerife, Spain ;

  • September 1998 : The Goethe Institut, Germany ;

  • October 1997 : 5th International Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (lecturer) ;

  • October 1993 : Caracas, Venezuela, (lecturer) ;

  • April 1993 : The British Council ;

  • February-March 1993 : The Japan Foundation ;

  • September-Octoberp 1991 : Association Française d'Action Artistique (AFAA), France ;

  • June 1991 : International Exchange of Cultural Programs in St. Petersburg, Russia, organized by UNESCO ;

  • February 1990 : Expanding Internationalism, Foundation Cini, Venise, Arts International, New York ;



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